Town centre filled with smoke as JCB catches fire at Bolton market

The JCB on fire at Bolton Market

Firefighters tackling the JCB fire at Bolton Market

The JCB on fire at Bolton Market

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BOLTON town centre is filled with smoke this morning after a JCB caught fire at Bolton Market.

The blaze started at about 8.45am today off Black Horse Street, Bolton.

Firefighters from Bolton Central Fire Station are still on the scene.

Jean Burn, aged 65, from Farnworth, said: “I had just got off the bus and I saw smoke pouring into the sky near to Bolton Market.

"I was worried it was a fire in the market at first but then I realised it coming from machinery parked outside the market.

"It was attracting a lot of spectators as the smell of the smoke and the amount of smoke was dreadful.”

Rick Henthorne, crew manager at Bolton Central Fire Station, said the fire was caused by an electrical fault. The machine had been switched on by workers and left for about 10 minutes then it started smoking and caught fire. Firefighters were at the scene for about 45 minutes.

Police attended but did not need to investigate.

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9:38am Thu 14 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

A little over dramatic headline of the machine filling the town centre with smoke.

So, from that headline, may we come to the conclusion that no one in the town centre, walking or driving, could see where they were going? I thought not. Nuff said! :-)
A little over dramatic headline of the machine filling the town centre with smoke. So, from that headline, may we come to the conclusion that no one in the town centre, walking or driving, could see where they were going? I thought not. Nuff said! :-) wsw69
  • Score: 31

10:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

The Priceshagger says...

slow snooze day?
slow snooze day? The Priceshagger
  • Score: 13

10:25am Thu 14 Aug 14

655321 says...

"It was attracting a lot of spectators as the smell of the smoke was dreadful.”

WTF?? Is Bolton town centre full of masochists?
"It was attracting a lot of spectators as the smell of the smoke was dreadful.” WTF?? Is Bolton town centre full of masochists? 655321
  • Score: 8

11:39am Thu 14 Aug 14

manchester1 says...

655321 wrote:
"It was attracting a lot of spectators as the smell of the smoke was dreadful.”

WTF?? Is Bolton town centre full of masochists?
Its the most exciting thing to happen it Bolton for years....bound to draw spectators
[quote][p][bold]655321[/bold] wrote: "It was attracting a lot of spectators as the smell of the smoke was dreadful.” WTF?? Is Bolton town centre full of masochists?[/p][/quote]Its the most exciting thing to happen it Bolton for years....bound to draw spectators manchester1
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1:00pm Thu 14 Aug 14

cliff4treasurer says...

We need more of these dodgy machines in Bolton if it drew the crowds,
no doubt Cliff will get a mention somewhere as it was a planned "attraction".
Well done I say to Cliff and the cronies.
We need more of these dodgy machines in Bolton if it drew the crowds, no doubt Cliff will get a mention somewhere as it was a planned "attraction". Well done I say to Cliff and the cronies. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 4

1:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
We need more of these dodgy machines in Bolton if it drew the crowds,
no doubt Cliff will get a mention somewhere as it was a planned "attraction".
Well done I say to Cliff and the cronies.
LOL... another council insurance job? LMAO... they tried to get the market but on this occasion... FAIL!
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: We need more of these dodgy machines in Bolton if it drew the crowds, no doubt Cliff will get a mention somewhere as it was a planned "attraction". Well done I say to Cliff and the cronies.[/p][/quote]LOL... another council insurance job? LMAO... they tried to get the market but on this occasion... FAIL! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 4

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