Traders offered support as crews remain at scene of Northwich Market fire

Photos courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue

Council bosses say they are working to support traders and businesses following a major blaze at Northwich Market.

Fire crews were initially called to the incident at the site on Watling Street around 3am this morning (3 January).

The affected area was been split into operational sectors and crews, wearing breathing apparatus, used main jets, hose reel jets and ground monitors to tackle the fire.

They now have the fire surrounded and under control.

Firefighters are are using thermal imaging cameras to monitor the temperature and continuing to dampen down the affected areas while digging out the hotspots.

Gas and electricity engineers have been to the site to isolate supplies.

Nearby businesses are being advised to keep their windows and doors shut.

Cheshire West and Cheshire Council says it's market team is meeting with traders this afternoon, and will be offering to accommodate all in Winsford Indoor Market.

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “We are grateful that there has been no loss of life from the fire at Northwich outdoor market.

“Emergency services are in the process of dealing with this incident and it is obviously having an impact on the market traders and nearby businesses, whose welfare is our main concern.

“We understand the impact the incident will have on traders, and we will be working with them and the implications across the course of today.

“The Council is also working with other agencies to ensure public safety.”

Changes have been made to bus stops in the area, while crews remain at the scene:


  • 1 - picking up at Hayhurst Bridge
  • 2 - picking up outside the Police Station
  • 4 - picking up outside Memorial Hall
  • 29,31,37 (Winsford Services) will pick up from outside Waitrose.

Warrington's Own Buses

  • Pick up from stands A or B at Watling Street.

D & G buses

  • 82 to Chester - picking up from Memorial Court
  • 89 to Altrincham – picking up from the Police Station


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