Homes evacuated and roads closed after blaze rips through tractor factory
Dramatic scenes are unfolding this morning in the area of Pilling where fire crews are attempting to bring a major blaze under control.
Fire services and police were called to the scene of a major fire at a flat pack tractor factory on Taylors Lane Industrial Estate on Taylors Lane at around 3am this morning.
Taylors Lane, School Lane are currently closed while 40 fire fighters and eight engines fight to bring the blaze under control, say fire services.
Lancaster Road is now passable but, drivers should approach with caution as hoses and ramps are across the road.
15 people were evacuated from their homes with several taken to an emergency respite area by Lancashire County Council in Thornton Cleveleys.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters did a sweep of the factory using breathing apparatus after early reports that a person may have been trapped in the building.
"However, they were forced to withdraw from the building due to the type of fire, but luckily the owner arrived at that point and confirmed that nobody was inside the building."
Police and fire services also made initial plans to evacuate over 76 addresses in the area over concerns that the factory contained highly flammable Acetylene cylinders.
However, further investigations revealed that there were no Acetylene cylinders on site.
People are being asked to avoid the area and drivers are being warned that smoke in the area may affect visibility.