FIREFIGHTERS remain at the scene of an industrial estate that was engulfed by a huge fire yesterday.

Overnight, crews carried out hot spotting and damping down operations at the fire-hit section of plastics recycling firm Venture Polymers at the Sankey Valley industrial estate.

The fire service announced shortly after 10pm last night that the main blaze had been extinguished.

At its height, 20 fire crews were tackling the blaze and an enormous plume of smoke billowed into the skies.

The black cloud could be seen right across the North West.

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A dog walker took these pictures showing the aftermath of the blaze in Earlestown

This morning two fire engines remain at the scene.

In a statement from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: "The majority of the roads around the area have been reopened and businesses have been allowed access to their premises.

"However, the nearby Newton-le-Willows Recycling Centre remains closed.

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"Members of the public should not attempt to travel to the site as they will not be able to gain access.

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A police officer blocks off a road as the fire rages behind him (Pic: S Arnold Photography)

"There is also disruption and changes to rail travel as a result of the incident. Please check before you travel and only travel if your journey is essential."

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is continuing.