Fourth fire at disused Blackburn plastics building

Published Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 13:22

Lancashire Police are appealing for information following a fourth fire at a Blackburn plastics factory in ten weeks.

The latest incident happened at sometime between 4am and 5am on Monday (November 13th), at the disused V10 Polymers site on Paterson Street.

Nearby residents on Swan Street and the Paterson Estate were evacuated but were able to return once the fire had been extinguished. The building was damaged beyond repair.

Insp Abid Khan from Blackburn Police said:

We realise that this incident will be of concern to the local community, particularly given it’s the fourth fire in a matter of weeks.

Round the clock security is in place at the site and advice to people living nearby remains to keep their windows and doors closed where possible.

We believe this fire was caused deliberately and so if you have any information, or any CCTV which you may think could help us with our investigation into this and the previous fires, please get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to call us on 01254 353311 or if they fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident reference 147 of November 14th.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at

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