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Incident Date: 29 March 2017
CREW from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have tackled a fire that broke out at an animal sanctuary in Stretford this afternoon.
Three fire engines from Stretford, Sale and Eccles and around 15 firefighters were called to the building and farm on Dane Road at 1.21pm on Sunday, April 12, 2015.
The fire involved a large quantity of tyres and rubbish – measuring approximately 20 metres by 25 metres – that had started to spread to an adjacent building.
Crew used three jets to bring the fire under control and stop it spreading further.
Thankfully all the animals were safely removed from the area affected by the fire and they were all unharmed.
Station Manager Phil Nelson, who was at the incident, said: “When crews arrived the fire was spreading due to the wind so they had to act really quickly.
“They assisted on-site staff in moving the animals to surrounding buildings and ensuring people were safe.
“The fire could have taken hold of a big part of the sanctuary but firefighters worked really hard to stop it spreading.”
After bringing the fire under control, firefighters used one jet to dampen down and ensure the fire was fully extinguished underneath the burnt materials. They were on the scene for more than two hours.
There were a number of sanctuary workers and volunteers on site at the time but no members of the public. No-one is believed to have been injured.
At this stage, the cause of the fire is unknown.