A SPECTACULAR blaze in industrial premises next to a Colne main road created a major crisis for rush-hour traffic on Wednesday morning.
It was the second serious fire at the Primet Business Park in two years, but like the first it is not being treated as suspicious.
The A56 Burnley Road - from Colne to Nelson - was closed between Greenfield Road and Whitewalls Drive and there were huge queues of traffic throughout the town. It stayed shut until lunchtime.
Around 70 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze. There were 12 fire engines from across East Lancashire, plus two aerial ladder platforms, a mobile fire station and even a Salvation Army-backed mobile canteen.
The firefighters pumped vast amounts of water out of the nearby river to tackle the fire. They used five heavy jets of water to combat it. And they managed to stop the fire spreading to adjoining businesses.
They could not get in the store because of the danger, with the roof collapsing.
The fire was in a storage facility between Easistore4U and C &S Motors. The cause is still under investigation but it is thought it was not a deliberate fire.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue was called to the scene just after 3-30 a.m. on Wednesday. When they got there it didn’t look too spectacular - until they opened the door! No one had broken into the premises so there is no suspicion of arson - but they had to break in themselves to tackle the fire.
There was extensive damage in the storage facility. It included two Ferraris being burned out, and around 75% of the roof collapsed.
C & S coaches were moved away from the scene safely, however.
There was a similar fire at Primet Business Park around two years ago. This time, homes did not have to be evacuated like they were then, but that fire also caused major traffic problems when it happened.