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Fire crews are currently battling a massive fire at a pallet company in Huncoat.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said that ten fire engines, two aerial ladders and a high volume pump are attempting to extinguish a large fire on Enfield Road near the railway crossing.

A fire service spokesperson said: "Approximately 3000 wooden pallets are involved in the fire and the building was well alight when crews first arrived at the scene.

"Firefighters are currently tackling the fire using breathing apparatus, six jets, and aerial ladder platforms. The adjacent train line has temporarily suspended traffic through the area and support has been requested from engineers at Electricity North West.

"There are no reports of casualties but the fire involving wooden pallets has generated a large plume of smoke and anyone living or working nearby is advised to keep windows shut and if out and about, to stay away from the area for the time being."

The road and railway line have been blocked off by fire crews and Northern Rail said it has suspended services.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Northern Rail said train services running through Huncoat may be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes. Disruption is expected until 4pm.

Catherine Payne who lives on nearby Bluebell Way said the fire appears to be worsening.

She said: “It seems to be getting worse, the fire’s getting bigger. The road’s been closed off and there has just been quite a big explosion as well. It’s pretty severe.

“Fire engines are blocking the railway.”

Catherine added: “I spotted the fire when I was coming back from a friend’s house and thought it was my house that was on fire. We have lived here a couple of years and I have never seen anything like that before, I am just hoping the trees don’t catch fire as well.”