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Incident Date: 14 June 2016
UPDATED: 10AM 16.06.16 - THE FOLLOWING WAS ISSUED BY GMP:
POLICE investigating a large fire at a mill in Oldham have made an arrest.
Shortly after 3pm on Tuesday, 14 June 2016, police were called to the listed Bailey Mill on Oldham Road in Delph.
Emergency services attended and evacuated nearby houses as well as enforcing road closures around the area.
Firefighters extinguished the fire and the building was totally gutted.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has been bailed pending further enquiries until 19 July 2016.
Detective Inspector Mark McDowall of GMP’s Oldham team said: “This was an enormous fire that could have had tragic consequences for people in the area. It has also destroyed a listed building.
“We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen something that can help with our investigation to come forward.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8427, 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Delph New Road has now re-opened, there are no longer any road closures in place around Bailey Mill.
UPDATED: 8PM 15.06.16
OUR firefighters have now left the scene and earlier today the site in Delph New Road was handed back to the owner.
UPDATED: 5PM 15.06.16
FIREFIGHTERS remain at the incident in Delph dealing with smouldering pockets of fire in the building.
Following the multi-agency meeting earlier today a plan of action is currently being established, with the owners of the mill liaising with private construction engineers.
Oldham Council is in direct contact with residents and some of those evacuated have now been allowed back into their homes.
UPDATED: 1.40PM 15.06.16
GMFRS officers are meeting with representatives from Oldham Borough Council, English Heritage and the private owners of the fire-damaged mill in Delph, to discuss the structure's future.
Firefighters are still on scene putting water on several smouldering areas within the building, using jets and two fire engines will remain there for the time being.
Until decisions are made over the building's future, several residents are still unable to return to their homes due to the close proximity of an outer wall of the mill to their properties.
UPDATED: 9AM 15.06.16
TWO fire engines remain at the scene of the fire in Delph this morning after flames ripped through the historic building on Tuesday afternoon (June 14, 2016).
Four fire engines and an aerial platform were called to the seven-storey former wool mill at 3.12pm following a number of emergency calls to North West Fire Control.
Firefighters have remained on the scene throughout the night using jets to get water onto the building, 50 per cent of which has collapsed.
Officers are returning to the scene this morning to assess the building and firefighting tactics.
It’s not known what started the fire and it could be some time before investigations can be carried out due to the severity of the damage caused.
UPDATED: 5.30PM 14.06.16
A DERELICT mill fire is being tackled by firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
A number of 999 calls were made to North West Fire Control at 3.12pm on Tuesday, June 14, to report a blaze involving the seven-storey building on Delph New Road, Oldham.
Four fire engines and an aerial appliance were mobilised to the incident and on arrival at the address firefighters found several floors of the building well alight.
Firefighters are working hard to tackle the fire involving the building, which measures 100m by 30m.
Station Manager Bob Pownell, who is in charge of the incident, said: “The building is ablaze and firefighters are working hard to tackle the fire using an aerial appliance, ground monitors and jets. Crew members are tackling the fire from a safe distance as the structure of the building is unsafe and around half of it has collapsed.
“We want to remind people to avoid the area if they can and that we are dealing with the incident as quickly as we can.”
As a result of the incident Delph New Road, Huddersfield Road and Diggle Road are affected and police diversions are in place.
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