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Incident Date: 15 October 2014
MORE than 20 firefighters tackled a house fire in an end terraced property which broke out about 4am today.
Crew from Rochdale Fire Station were called to the scene in Sheriff Street, Milnrow, Rochdale, at 4.10am to find the house well alight.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had spread from the basement of the unoccupied property through the ground and first floor and into the attic.
At the height of the blaze four neighbouring properties were evacuated as a safety precaution and the street was cordoned off.
A spokesman at the scene said: “The house is a traditional, large terraced property spanning three floors. There was nobody inside and we understand from local people that it is unoccupied presently. By the time we got here it was well alight and we were concerned about neighbours because of the shared roof space. Four adjoining homes were evacuated.”
Once the fire was brought under control using an aerial platform vehicle and crew wearing breathing apparatus, three of the families were allowed to return home. Neighbours living next door, where there was a small amount of damage to the attic, were advised to stay with family and crew assisted them to return to their home for some belongings.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.