Three men have been taken to hospital following a fire at PHS Waste Management’s facility in Burscough, Lancashire.
The men, who are suffering from burn injuries, were air-lifted to hospital. According to the BBC website, one of the casualties has been taken to the Royal Preston Hospital and the two other men have been taken to Whiston Hospital.
PHS Waste Management provides healthcare collection and waste disposal services.
When the fire broke out this morning, 10 fire engines, with 50 to 60 firefighters, attended the scene to tackle the huge blaze which could be seen from five miles away.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service press officer John Taylor said: “Initially, the fire crews couldn’t get within close proximity of the fire because they didn’t know what chemicals were onsite. But a chemical analyst advised them on what substances were present and whether they constituted a hazard.”
Now, the fire is being dampened down by fire-fighters and an investigation into what caused it continues.
Taylor added: “The building hasn’t actually collapsed but it is clearly suffering from the heat of the fire.”
A statement from PHS Waste Management said: “There has been an incident with processing equipment at out premises in Burscough. We are currently investigating the matter.
“Emergency services are in attendance. Our primary concern is the health and safety of everyone.”