Leyland Enterprise Business Park fire finally out

Leyland fire
Image caption More than 40 businesses have been affected by the fire

A major blaze which destroyed five buildings on a Lancashire industrial estate is finally out - three weeks after the fire broke out.

The fire which started in a warehouse storing tissue paper on 21 December ripped through Lancashire Enterprise Business Park in Leyland.

Gas, electricity and water supplies have now been restored on the estate.

The man in charge of the clean-up operation said now the fire was out they were demolishing the site.

'Massive incident'

Gary Pierce, assistant director of property at Lancashire County Council, which owns the park, said more than 40 businesses had been affected by the fire.

He said: "It was such a massive incident with such a huge effect on the building it has taken this long to get under control.

"The damaged area is now fenced off and under control.

"We are now concentrating on the next phase of the operation - clearing and demolish the site."

He said the authority was also continuing to work with businesses on the estate affected by the blaze, including the two worst hit companies - WH Bowker and H Parkinson Haulage.

He said it was difficult to give a time scale on how long it would take to restore the Enterprise Park.

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