Barnoldswick firefighters tackle massive fuel blaze

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A MASSIVE blaze in a tank holding 5,000 gallons of fuel was tackled by firefighters at a derelict Barnoldswick mill last night.

Dozens of firefighters were called to the incident at Fernbank Mill, which is currently being demolished, just before 10 p.m. to find the tank well alight.

Damage at the site was limited to the fuel tank as demolition has already started on the structure around it.

Watch manager Mick Strickland said: “It was a very risky situation with all that fuel.

“Luckily, the wind direction was right for us not to have to evacuate any houses but as you can imagine there was a lot of thick black smoke.

“We are investigating the cause of the fire today but it is not clear yet how it happened. ”