A textile factory has been 'completely destroyed' after it went up in flames yesterday (April 1).
Smoke billowed over Chorley after the commercial building on Huyton Road in Adlington caught fire, resulting in a significant response from the fire service.
Shortly after 6pm, eight fire engines from Lancashire and Greater Manchester rushed to the scene of the blaze which engulfed the full textile manufacturing warehouse.
Residents were warned to close their doors as black toxic smoke plummeted into the air.
Owners of the building told the fire service that the warehouse contained raw and unprocessed fabric.
At 10.30pm, incident commander Phil Jones from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service gave an update, asking everyone to stay indoors.
He said: “The fire is involving a single storey textile manufacturing warehouse, where the full building is involved in fire.
"At the height of the fire, we have got eight fire engines with a mix between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
“We were also assisted with special appliances from both fire and rescue services - these are aerial ladder platforms, stinger appliances and high volume pumps.
“We know have the fire surrounded. But I would like to continue the support from the public and ask that you stay indoors due to the toxic smoke given off by the incident.
"We plan to be at the incident for the next number of hours, maybe into tomorrow.”
Four fire engines remain at the scene as of 7am this morning (April 2).
Residents are asked to continue avoiding the area and keep windows and doors closed.
The fire service said: "Four fire engines from Lancashire along with one aerial ladder platform and support pumps remain at the scene.
"The majority of the fire has been extinguished however crews are still putting water on hot spot areas and small pockets of fire. The crew will be at the incident for some time working with the local authority and plant company to demolish the building safely whilst extinguishing all remaining hot spots.
"The building was completely destroyed by fire. The advice remains the same to residents to stay away from the area and keep windows and doors closed as there is still some light smoke in the area."
The cause of the fire is not yet known.