Fire at Bamber Bridge plastics manufacturer extinguished

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Media captionThe fire at Total Polyfilm plastics manufacturer "escalated quickly" due to fuel at the site

A large fire that broke out at a plastics manufacturer in Lancashire has been put out after more than 5 hours.

Firefighters were called to Walton Summit business park in Bamber Bridge at 02:50 BST after a unit containing large quantities of fuel caught fire.

About 60 firefighters tackled the blaze, which they said "escalated very quickly" at the Total Polyfilm site.

The cause is not yet known but an investigation has been launched, the fire service said.

They said the two storey building on Seedlee Road is severely damaged and crews will remain at the scene throughout the day to ensure it is safe.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service area manager, Simon Fryer, said the building had been "occupied at the time" and work "processes were taking place".

"Due to the fuel that's inside the building, it escalated very, very quickly", he said, adding that everybody who was in the unit at the time escaped without harm.

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Image caption There were large quantities of fuel in the plastics manufacturing unit in Bamber Bridge
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Image caption Firefighters advised people to avoid the area

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