Photos: 40ft flames at Nelson plastics firm

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Police are still appealing for information after a huge blaze at a factory at 6pm on Monday that could be seen for miles around and led to several streets being closed off.

It happened at the AquaSpira plant at Profile Park, Junction Street, Nelson – a firm which makes high quality plastic drainage pipes.

Fire at Junction Street factory on Nelson/Colne border 2

Fire at Junction Street factory on Nelson/Colne border 2

Two fire crews from Nelson were joined by two from Colne to tackle the blaze which ripped through pipes and a skip outside the factory and also damaged the factory itself, an electric substation and cars parked on the road outside the plant.

Nelson Fire Station Manager Tony Ashworth said: “The pipes were around one metre high in plastic with metal binding inside. There were dozens of pipes affected, and about five cars affected by heat.”

It took two and a half hours to deal with with the incident. No one was hurt.

Mr Ashworth said: “When first fire crews arrived, it was a serious fire that was spreading towards the main building. We asked for further response to stop it going into the main building.

“The flames were going up 30 to 40ft and the smoke a lot higher. The substation there was affected as well – they have had to close the factorhy down because they had no electricity.”

He revealed fire crews managed to stop the blaze becoming even bigger thanks to all the water they sprayed on it. He made it clear both the fire service and police were investigating the cause and there was an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Officers were called to Whitewalls Industrial Estate at 6-30pm and nearby roads were closed for two hours.

Det. Sgt Alisa Wilson of Burnley CID said: “Fortunately no one was injured in the fire but extensive damage has been caused to a number of buildings and cars on the site. At this stage we are treating the fire as suspicious and are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about the incident which could help us with our inquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org