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Hyndburn fly-tipping hotspot hit by firebugs
FLY-tippers have been slammed after a large amount of rubbish was torched in an alleyway.
There were concerns that the blaze could spread to a nearby garage business as it got out of control.
Local businessman Tim Foster, 45, said the incident in an alley off Blackburn Road, Church, was ‘horrendous’.
He said the alley, formerly Wood Street, has become a fly-tipping hotspot.
Just weeks ago more than 100 pallets were dumped in the secluded location.
The latest incident saw tyres, furniture and other rubbish torched at 4pm on Monday.
Mr Foster said: “The problem has been going on for a number of years but it seems to be getting worse.
“I worry that there will be nothing done to stop it because no local council has any money any more.”
The latest fire spread to the outside of his building, but was stopped from escalating further by fire crews, who were called to the site shortly after the fire started.
Mr Foster said: “I’m lucky that the fire wasn’t later because it may not have been spotted as quickly.
“It was an intense fire and could have been a lot worse.”
He said fly-tipping at the site has been ‘blatant’.
He said: “The other day I saw an artic lorry pull up, a really big one, full of pallets.
“Later on I went past the alley and it was full of pallets. The driver had just dumped them all.
“Some of the behaviour here has been unbelievable.”
Hyndburn Council has a crackdown on fly-tippers after a series of problems in recent years.
The council recently won an award for the cleanliness of its roads.