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Mill fire, Stalybridge - Saturday, March 17

Borough: Tameside

Incident Date: 17 March 2018

Update 13:30pm 19/03/2018

THREE appliances and a hydraulic platform are still tackling the incident.

The building has partially collapsed, trapping pockets of fire which could still be burning and smoking for a week. 

Road closures are still in place while crews work closely with experts to carry out a controlled demolition to gain access to the remaining fire.

Local residents are advised to keep windows and doors shut as a precaution because of the remaining smoke and we are working on re-opening the roads as soon as possible.

Anyone who has had their water supply cut off should see it return back to normal soon.

Update 4pm

FIREFIGHTERS remain on the scene of the Ray Mill fire on Clarence Street, Stalybridge.

The majority of the fire is now under control, with firefighters unable to access the remaining pockets due to the building not being safe.

Incident Commander, Station Manager Bjorn Burdsall said: “Although the fire is considerably small than it has been it is still giving off a fair amount of smoke. Even though the likelihood of having doors and windows open in this weather is slim, please keep them closed to stop any smoke from entering your homes.

“Road closures are still in place around the incident, so if you are driving or walking in the area please take an alternative route so that we can work to the best of our abilities.

“We have the incident under control thanks to the tremendous work of our firefighters and the close working we have had with partners, including Tameside Borough Council, Greater Manchester Police, Cadent Gas, the Environment Agency and the building owners amongst others.

“All schools should be open tomorrow, but if you do usually use the area around Clarence Street or Tame Street I would ask you go a different way. Road signs are going up to advise of alternative routes.”

Fire Investigation will be attending the scene early this week to look into the cause.

Roads will be reopened later in the week.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be on the scene for the next week ensuring the fire is completely out and the area is safe.

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Update 2pm

FIREFIGHTERS continue to work hard to extinguish the fire at Ray Mill, on Clarence Street, Stalybridge.

Incident Commander, Station Manager Bjorn Burdsall said: “We are getting towards damping down some areas of the fire, however parts of the mill are unstable so we cannot yet fully extinguish it.

“We are working closely with partners to ensure that the impact this incident is having on local residents is minimised, but until further notice I would ask people to continue to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution against smoke.

“Please also keep avoiding the area, particularly Clarence Street and Tame Street, so that we can continue to work.

“Thanks to the hard work of our firefighters we have been able to allow a nearby bus depot to move some of their buses to allow for buses to run as close to normal as possible ahead of the Monday morning commute.”

Roads in the immediate area are expected to remain closed for the majority of the week.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is working with Greater Manchester Police, Tameside Council and Cadent Gas, among others, to ensure the safety of local residents as the incident continues.

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Update 10.20am

PROGRESS is being made to the Ray Mill fire as firefighters continue to work in difficult conditions to extinguish it.

Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have been on the scene on Clarence Street, Stalybridge, since the early hours of Sunday morning (March 18).

Incident Commander, Station Manager Bjorn Burdsall said: “Good progress is being made thanks to the hard work of our firefighters, especially in such demanding conditions. Working on a challenging incident is hard enough, but battling the icy conditions makes the work of our firefighters even more impressive.

“There is still smoke coming from the fire so please keep your doors and windows closed as a precaution.

“The roads nearby are also still closed so please avoid the area, especially Clarence Street and Tame Street.”

 

Update 6.20am

FIREFIGHTERS continue to tackle the blaze at Ray Mill, on Clarence Street, Stalybridge.

Incident Commander, Group Manager Billy Fenwick said: “Our firefighters have done a fantastic job in extremely difficult conditions to fight this fire and stop it from spreading to nearby buildings.

“The fire is now surrounded, meaning we are confident nearby buildings are safe from harm.

“We will continue to fight the fire throughout the day so please do not travel in the immediate area and keep all your doors and windows shut as a precaution against smoke.

“Our Fire Investigation team will attend the scene either later today or early this week to try and establish a cause.”

Two aerial platforms remain in attendance to put water on the fire from height and to help control the plume of smoke.

Road closures are in place around Clarence Street and Tame Street, Stalybridge.

At the height of the blaze 10 fire engines were tackling it alongside two aerial and numerous specialist appliances.

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Update 1.20am

MORE than 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a mill on Clarence Street, Stalybridge.

Fire crews from across Greater Manchester are battling the fire following a call made to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service at 11.43pm on Saturday, March 17.

The fire involves five storeys of the mill with firefighters using a range of equipment to tackle it, including two aerial appliances.

Incident Commander, Group Manager Billy Fenwick said: “This mill is well alight but our firefighters are working hard to bring it under control.

“As a precaution I would ask all nearby residents to keep their doors and windows closed to prevent any smoke from entering their homes.

“Please also ensure you stay away from the nearby area and do not drive nearby for both your safety and to make sure we can fight this fire.”

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Last update: 19/03/2018 13:38:38
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