Page last updated at 21:33 GMT, Friday, 21 August 2009 22:33 UK

Mill fire brought under control

Scene of fire
Homes were evacuated around the scene

More than 50 firefighters have brought a mill fire in Blackburn under control.

There was concern that a 60ft (18.3m) tower could collapse due to the amount of water being sprayed on the burning building in Moorgate Street, Mill Hill.

But by 0215 BST a fire service spokesman said the building was thought to be structurally safe.

Crews had searched the area for children after reports that several were seen playing by the derelict mill, but all were accounted for.

About 15 homes were evacuated and residents were initially accommodated at a sports centre.

Incident commander Peter Cogley, of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said the building had been severely damaged.

He said about 25 firefighters remained at the scene to allow the fire to burn out. Local building control officials were satisfied with the safety of the structure, and there was no imminent danger to the public.

Mr Cogley said there were no casualties, although one non-firefighting member of the fire service operation had been treated for a minor undisclosed injury.

Aerial platforms and eight pumps were used to douse the flames. The cause of the fire was unknown but an investigation team was at the scene.

Moorgate Road and roads nearby were cordoned off.



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