THREE people were taken to hospital following a fire at a glass bottle making plant in Elton.

The incident at the Encirc Glass plant in Ash Road on Sunday, September 23, just before midnight, resulted in three fire engines attending – one from Powey Lane, one from Ellesmere Port and one from Lymm – as well as a rope rescue unit from Lymm.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service reported on arrival, crews discovered a large fire involving the hot end of a glass bottle making plant had been put out by on-site personnel using dry powder extinguishers and on-site hose reel jets.

About 10 people were suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

They were handed over to the care of paramedics and three of them were taken to hospital via ambulances.

Firefighters checked the building, including the roof, for hot spots using a thermal imaging camera.

A rope rescue unit from Lymm Fire Station was called to the building.

A base was set up on the roof of the building and a firefighter wearing height safety equipment checked vents for hot spots.

Water backpacks were used to cool areas with high readings on the thermal imaging camera.

Once the building was deemed to be safe the incident was handed over to on-site personnel.

Firefighters were in attendance for around three hours and 10 minutes.