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Incident Date: 08 February 2015
FIREFIGHTERS are currently tackling a blaze in a derelict factory in Salford.
North West Fire Control received reports of smoke billowing from the three storey building on Greenwood Street just after 10pm this evening (Sunday, February 8, 2015).
Crew from Salford Central, Eccles, Agecroft, Broughton, Manchester Central, Moss Side, Blackley and Rochdale stations and the Technical Rescue Unit (TRU) from Leigh raced to the scene.
The TRU gained entry to the building using specialist equipment so that firefighters could start fighting the intense fire.
In order to cool the flames inside the building quickly and safely, the newly launched Ultra High Pressure Lance (UHPL) was used to pierce through the brick wall of the factory.
Group Manager, Andy Heywood, said: “On arrival firefighters were met with a large fire which was giving off a lot of thick, black smoke.
“Firefighters worked in two sectors of the factory to bring the fire under control very quickly, however it was at this point we were made aware of a number of cylinders inside the building.
“The UHPL was used to try and reduce the heat inside the building where the cylinders were being stored. This enabled firefighters to work much safer in what is already a dangerous environment.
“Although the fire is under control, we will remain at the scene for some time.”