A forklift truck caught fire next to a pallet full of carpet at a business site in Ramsbottom this afternoon, Monday.
Fire crews from Ramsbottom and Bury were called at 3.47pm after receiving reports of a forklift truck smoking inside Cormar Carpets at Holme Mill on Railway Street.
The driver of the vehicle drove it out of the factory but then it caught fire next to a pallet full of carpet.
There were no reported injuries, and everyone was evacuated at the site were evacuated.
Fire crews took around three-and-a-half hours to extinguish the flames.
Whitefield Fire Station watch manager Tony Wellock said: “There was a fire involving a forklift truck that was smoking inside a factory.
“The driver thought it was the right thing to do driving it outside, but it caught fire outside.
“The driver wasn’t injured, and he got out of his truck very quickly.
“But it was parked next to pallets full of carpet.
“The carpets had become welded together and the fire was amongst it all.
“We then had to use their forklift drivers to push the bails from one side to another to break it up.
“Everybody was evacuated in good time.
“Firefighters were there for about three and a half hours.
“There was one pump from Ramsbottom and one from Bury.
“It was hard work as opposed to dangerous.”
The fire has now been safely put out.
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