RESIDENTS were advised to keep their windows and doors shut while a clean-up operation was carried out following another fire at the former V10 Polymers site.

The advice was aimed at houses in Mosley Street, Highfield Road, Rockliffe Road, Cobourg Close, Grimshaw Park, Yates Fold, Honey Hole and Derham Road in Blackburn following Monday’s blaze.

A Blackburn with Darwen Council spokesman said there was asbestos onsite after the roof covering the building collapsed.

This caused several roads in the area to be closed to allow a specialist clean-up to take place.

Around 12,000 tonnes of plastic was engulfed in flames after more than 60 firefighters from across the region attended the blaze.

A Blackburn with Darwen Council spokesman said: “Multi-agency teams from Blackburn with Darwen are keeping in touch with residents in the area and Public Health England have confirmed that those outside the immediate area will be unaffected by the remaining smoke coming from the site.

“Specialist contractors were onsite yesterday to clean-up any remaining debris.

“As a precaution, residents in the immediate vicinity were advised to keep windows and doors closed until advised otherwise.

“People in the wider area are advised to continue to take a precautionary approach and plan journeys and activities that avoid going closer to the incident if alternative routes are available.”

A ‘thick, black plume’ of smoke could be seen across the Blackburn skyline and as far away as the M65 during rush hour.

Volunteers opened up the Ivy Community Centre in nearby Ivy Close and prepared hot meals for people who were forced out of their homes.

This was the fourth fire at the site since August, with fire returning to the site in September and October.

Fire breaks had been put in place to stop the flames spreading around the site.

Two fire engines remained onsite to dampen down the burning embers.

A fire service spokesman said: “The crews will have left the site at 6pm yesterday and will return today to inspect the fire has completely gone out.

“The investigation into how the fire started is underway.”