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Firefighters pump water from River Irwell to tackle fire at old Peel Mill
FIREFIGHTERS spent six hours tackling a rubbish fire at the old Peel Mill site, off Castlecroft Road, Bury, on Sunday.
The incident was reported to firefighters at 7am after people reported seeing smoke coming from the hills.
Water had to be taken from the River Irwell due to the extent of the fire.
Watch manager Carl Bostock, from Bury Fire Station, said: “It was an old tip and there was bits of wood sticking out of it. It became a deep seat of fire.
“It was a big fire of rubbish. We had to get water from the nearby river. Because it was a disused skip yard we couldn’t get access from the front, we had to get access from rear fences and gates. It was hard to get to and a bit awkward because we had to use a lot of hose.
“We were there for four hours then left it for two hours and returned.”
He said the rain helped to dampen the blaze, which was started deliberately.
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