Lancashire

Huge fire at Altham scrapyard near Accrington

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Image caption Hundreds of vehicles are on fire at a scrap vehicle compound

A huge blaze has ripped through a scrapyard, sending plumes of smoke across a nearby motorway.

About 400 old vehicles are on fire at the Moorfield Drive Industrial estate in Altham, near Accrington. More than 80 firefighters are at the yard.

Lancashire Police said smoke drifted across the M65 between Rishton and Accrington. Two lanes were closed eastbound.

Residents are being asked to keep their windows closed and avoid the area.

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Media captionFlames engulf Altham scrapyard

Lancashire Fire and Rescue said crews were starting to have a "significant effect" on the blaze after being called to the yard at about 04:40 GMT.

The blaze quickly spread due to a "strong breeze", it added.

A hazardous materials unit has joined firefighters to advise on protecting the environment and public health.

The Environment Agency said it was working with the fire service.

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Media captionDrone footage shows vehicles ablaze at Altham scrapyard
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Image caption Firefighters said the blaze was "significant" and crews would be hard at work "for some time yet"
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Image caption The blaze caused huge flames and plumes of smoke
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Image caption A total of 16 crews were tackling the blaze
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Image caption Police said smoke drifted across the M65
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Image caption The old vehicles were well alight at the scrapyard

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