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UPDATED: Firefighters tackle blaze at industrial unit in Newton Heath

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 25 August 2015

Press Release at 8am 26/08/2015

FIREFIGHTERS have spent the night tackling a blaze at an industrial unit in Newton Heath, Manchester.

Three fire engines from Philips Park and Manchester Central were sent to Briscoe Lane at 7.13pm on Tuesday, August 25, after several reports of smoke seen coming from a single storey industrial unit.

The fire, which involved a large quantity of recycled waste, caused a plume of thick black smoke to travel across parts of Manchester.

As a precaution, residents affected by the smoke were asked to close their windows and doors. Trains on two nearby train lines were also halted as a precaution due to the smoke.

Firefighters used jets and an aerial platform to bring the fire under control and contain in to the steel unit, which is a storage facility for recycled waste. 

Three fire engines have remained on the scene throughout the night and firefighters are expected to be there throughout the day.

Watch Manager Jim Smethurst from Salford Fire Station, who is in charge of the incident this morning, said: “There was a suspicion that there may be an acetylene cylinder involved in the fire so we have a cordon in place and we’re continuing to cool the waste as a precaution.

“We’re at the stage where we’re dampening down and this will take some time because the unit is about 30metres by 30metres and about 20metres high and it’s full of waste.”

Part of Briscoe Lane near to the site will be closed shortly to allow firefighters to deal with the incident. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

ENDS

Press statement at 9pm 25/08/2015

FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a blaze at an industrial unit in Newton Heath, Manchester.

Three fire engines from Philips Park and Manchester Central were sent to Briscoe Lane at 7.13pm on Tuesday, August 25, after several reports of smoke seen coming from a single storey industrial unit.

The fire, which involved a large quantity of rubbish, caused a plume of thick black smoke to travel across parts of Manchester.

As a precaution, residents affected by the smoke were asked to close their windows and doors. Trains on a nearby rail track were also halted as a precaution due to the smoke.

Firefighters are using jets and an aerial platform to douse the flames which are contained to the steel unit.  

They are likely to remain on the scene throughout the night.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage but it’s not believed that anyone is injured.

ENDS

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:42
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