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Incident Date: 10 January 2015
FIREFIGHTERS have spent around four hours securing loose cladding to the Ikea building in Ashton.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) was called to the store in Wellington Road at 9.17am this morning (Saturday, January 10, 2015) after reports of metal cladding hanging loose from the fourth floor of the building.
Specially trained firefighters from Ashton’s Technical Response and Major Rescue Units attended and cordoned off the area.
The store, which was due to open at 10am, was advised to close as the cladding was hanging loose over a main car park.
Crew having been using ropes and special cutting equipment to fix the cladding to the building from inside.
Station Manager Bob Pownell, who’s been leading the operation, said: “We had approximately eight sheets of metal cladding – each piece about six to seven metres in width – that were loose due to the strong winds.
“It was too windy for crews to get to the affected area externally so they have been drilling holes into the cladding from the inside and securing it to the internal frame of the building.
“We have been working with the site’s management and external contractors to make the building safe and hope it will be able to reopen later this afternoon.
There were no reports that anyone was injured.