Greater Manchester Police have announced they are treating the blaze which broke out yesterday morning (31 August) at Armstrong Environmental Services’s site in Horwich, Bolton as an arson attack.
It is believed arsonists set fire to waste material between 11pm on 30 August and 2.15am the following morning. The fire, which involves several hundred tonnes of waste plastic, remains alight.
Bolton CID detective constable Wayne Hagan said: “This fire is being treated as malicious and we are keen for anyone with information to get in touch.
“It has caused a lot of disruption locally and caused massive inconvenience for residents and the firm itself.
“I want to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to catch the perpetrators.”
At its height, the fire needed 60 fire-fighters and six fire engines to tackle it.This was then scaled down to four fire engines at 10am that morning. Three fire engines are still at the site today (1 September).
According to local papers, the incident is the fourth fire the company has had in two years. Just three weeks ago another fire broke out at the site, burning 10 tonnes of waste after it overheated and ignited. Last year it was targeted again by arsonists and in July 2008, a wood stack caught fire.
Armstrong Environmental declined to comment when MRW contacted them soon after the fire, explaining that they were currently tied up trying to sort out issues with the fire.