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Incident Date: 16 October 2016
FIREFIGHTERS are damping down after tackling a huge blaze at a construction site in Gorton.
Crews were called around 20:05 this evening to the site, where the timber frame of the high rise flats had caught fire.
At the height of the incident, five fire engines were in attendance, and due to the heat local houses had to be evacuated.
Parts of Hyde Road and Pottery Lane were closed as emergency services dealt with the incident.
Incident Commander Ben Levy said: “at around five past eight this evening we received a large number of call, in excess of forty. The fire involves a large timber frame building and upon arrival our crews found the top two floors well alight. Given the fact it’s timber framed and open to the elements the fire spread quite quickly”.
Fire crews now have the blaze well contained and are likely to be damping down throughout the night. The cause is still under investigation.