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Incident Date: 17 November 2015
FIREFIGHTERS dealt with fallen trees and partially collapsed buildings as strong winds battered Greater Manchester tonight (Tuesday, November 17).
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) crews were called out to several incidents thought to be a result of the bad weather.
In Leigh, a fire engine was called to Wilkinson Street at 7.45pm after part of the roof of a two-storey apartment block collapsed. The road was closed by police as firefighters ensured that people were safe.
A dangerous buildings inspector deemed that half of the building was unsafe for residents to return tonight and as a result cordons will remain in place throughout the night.
At 7.09pm crews attended a house on Petticoat Lane, Ince, where part of the gable end of a house had fallen into a utility room. Luckily nobody was injured and a dangerous buildings inspector determined there was no risk to the public.
Later, at 9.16pm, the Technical Response Unit was called to Grasmere Avenue, Heywood, to make the area safe after a large tree fell onto the roof of a house. Two people were inside but were unharmed.
Then at 9.19pm, a fire engine responded to an incident on Devas Street, Hulme, where a marquee had blown into some trees. Firefighters removed the marquee because there was a danger it could fall out and injure someone.
A large tree fell onto a house on Goodwood Avenue, Sale, causing part of the roof to collapse into the house and a fire engine responded at 9.25pm to make the area safe.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “When there are strong winds you can take precautions by removing large items such as gazebos and climbing frames from outdoors or secure them down.
“Avoid going out in your car unless you really have to and if you do, take extra care and plan your journey ahead.
“Please only call 999 in an emergency – there may be other services you can call, for example, your local council, highways agency, local builders, or TV engineers.”