Firefighters battle underground landfill blaze

FIRE crews spent more than five hours tackling an underground fire at the Salt Ayre landfill site.

A worker spotted smoke coming from the ground and two fire engines from Lancaster, plus appliances from Morecambe and Bolton-le-Sands, were called to the scene at 8.40am last Saturday.

Firefighters used a 20-tonne digger to excavate the ground, and discovered a smouldering fire beneath a membrane covering household waste.

A water relay was set up from a hydrant behind the nearby Asda store to put out the fire, and crews left the scene at around 2pm.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.