Arson suspected in Padiham recycling plant blaze. Firefighters believe the fire was started deliberately
A fire which sent a huge plume of thick black smoke from a recycling plant in Lancashire was probably caused deliberately, the fire service said. Firefighters spent the night damping down after the blaze at a plastics recycling plant in Padiham on Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews were confronted with burning bales of plastic, and the smoke could be seen for miles around.