Tyre fire sparks an explosion panic

A container with tyres was set alight at Chanters Industrial Estate, off Coal Pit Lane in Atherton
A container with tyres was set alight at Chanters Industrial Estate, off Coal Pit Lane in Atherton
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WORKERS were evacuated amid fears of a huge explosion following a large blaze at a Wigan industrial park.

Fire officials placed a cordon around Chanters Industrial Estate, off Coal Pit Lane, Atherton, as a container of rubber tyres was burning, just yards away from an acetylene gas cylinder.

Crews from Atherton, Hindley and Leigh tackled the flames, which created thick black smoke, at around 2pm on Monday.

No-one was injured and the fire had not spread anywhere else, limiting the damage to the metal container and tyres. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.