Double mill blaze drama at Easter

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TWO massive fires ripped through mills in Burnley over this Easter weekend.

The first fire on Thursday at 8-40 p.m., which is believed to have been started deliberately, destroyed the roof on the third floor of George Street Mill in Burnley's historic Weavers' Traingle.

Although currently unoccupied, the mill may be being developed into apartments as part of a huge regeneration scheme in that area of town.

Burnley fire-fighters were in Fleetwood dealing with a possible hazardous substance so crews from Nelson, Padiham, Accrington and Blackburn were called out.

Watch manager Steven Barnes said: "Seven appliances in total were used to fight the fire, but luckily most of the damage was confined to the roof. A thermal imaging camera, aerial ladder platform and triple extension ladder were used."

The second fire on Good Friday at 9-30 p.m. occurred at Victoria Mill in Accrington Road, which houses a number of different units being used by various businesses.

Fire investigators are currently looking into the cause of the fire, which completely destroyed one unit. Two crews from Burnley, two from Nelson, two from Accrington and a specialist support unit from Blackburn were deployed.

Nelson station manager Nick Clough said: "This fire could have been a lot worse but luckily we managed to confine it to two units. One has been severely damaged and another has severe water damage.

"There were gas cylinders in the mill so we had to cool the building down before we went in. We were fighting the blaze for about four hours using jets and an aerial ladder platform."

Fire-fighters were still at the mill the following morning - Saturday - damping it down.