Shocking photos show fire crews tackling massive blaze at a Blackburn vape factory

... And they said vaping was safer.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 12th September 2023

Fire crews worked tirelessly throughout the night to tackle a massive blaze that broke out inside a vape factory in Blackburn.

After Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service reported receiving “multiple calls” about the blaze at Shadsworth Business Park in Blackburn just after 8:30pm last night (11 September), 10 fire engines from stations across the region rushed to the scene.

Huge plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away, and local residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed for their own safety.

A number of road closures were also put in place, but these have since reopened this morning.

Fire crews tackling the blaze at Shadsworth Business Park / Credit: Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service

Once crews arrived on the scene, firefighters got to work tackling the blaze straight away, and worked tirelessly throughout the night to bring the situation under control – with an “aerial ladder platform and stinger” said to have been used.


No injuries had been reported during the incident.

As of 9am this morning, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service has confirmed that four fire engines, the aerial ladder platform, and the stinger remain at the incident as firefighters continue to extinguish what still remains of the blaze.


The fire service’s drone will be flying across the site for most of the morning, and a fire investigation is also set to begin today.

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Blackburn with Darwen Council has also thanked “everyone who helped in the emergency response” to bring the fire under control.

Featured Image – Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service