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  • Huge blaze destroys car workshop site

    Henry James

    MANAGEMENT at a West Lancashire car workshop have said it will be “a long time” before the business is up and running again following a devastating blaze.

    Eight appliances and more than 40 firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus attended the fire at RB Motorsport in Mawdesley in the early hours of Friday, May 19.

    Crews from Skelmersdale, Chorley, Leyland, Tarleton, Bamber Bridge, Penwortham and Greater Manchester Fire Service, plus a support pump from Fulwood, were called to the Towngate Works in Dark Lane at just after 4.45am.

    When they arrived the fire was already well established and they used a Stinger appliance, which jets water down onto the flames, along with three main jets and hosereel jets.

    They also utilised foam injected into the water to better extinguish the fuel and oil ignited in the blaze, as well as taking steps to ensure that local drains and watercourses were not contaminated by the water used to fight the fire.

    A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The remote location made it necessary to pump water from sources some distance away, which explains the number of fire engines required, one at source pumping to one nearer the fire, then to the next nearest and so on.”


    Following the incident a statement on RB Motorsport’s social media page said: “We are not sure on the full extent of the damage but 99% of everything has been destroyed, unfortunately along with customers’ cars, which we are most upset about. Once we have more details we will publish them to keep our customer base informed.

    “We hope to be up and back to normal as soon as we can, but, as is understandable, it’s going to be a long time before we are up and running again.

    “Two things we are thankful for is that no one has been hurt and secondly for all the help and effort that has been offered by everyone involved. We are well and truly thankful for everyone's efforts and the help we’ve received.”

    The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

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