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I was rudely awakened at 4 this morning by a low flying helicopter setting off car alarms and telling everyone to stay indoors and keep their windows shut. I took a look out of the window and saw a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and drifting as far as I could see towards Morecambe Bay. I didn”t even think to take a photograph for a while.

As usual there was no information on the news websites or radio and it fell to Twitter to let me know that it was a fire at a food factory on the industrial estate. I watched the progress as the sun rose through the smoke and eventually it was obvious that the situation was under control.