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Incident Date: 13 November 2014
UPDATED at 11.30am
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are still at the scene of a large fire at a factory in Tottington, Bury.
Officers managed to reduce the outer cordon earlier this morning (Friday, November 14, 2014) to allow businesses to access their premises.
In order to allow GMFRS to safely fight the fire, hundreds of homes were without power for a number of hours.
However, a generator was provided by Electricity North West in the early hours of this morning to power a nearby school, medical unit and residential homes.
Six fire engines and around 30 firefighters were called to the site in Mitchell Street at around 8.50pm on Thursday, November 13, 2014, after several reports of flames seen coming from the roof of a powder coating factory.
Crew used three jets and monitors to quickly bring the fire under control and were on the scene throughout the night extinguishing pockets of fire.
They’ve been using thermal imaging cameras this morning to check for further signs of fire.
A GMFRS fire investigation team is carrying out an investigation today in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police.
Station Manager Angus Robinson: “Firefighters were met with a large fire and flames could be seen from quite a distance. It was really important to get the fire under control as quickly and as safely as possible.
“Crew worked extremely hard to extinguish the fire and prevent it spreading further to neighbouring businesses.
“We also worked with police to make sure that any vulnerable people who live in the immediate area are looked after and have a safe place to stay.”
Assisted by police, the Salvation Army refreshment van – which attended protracted incidents for crew welfare – provided a cool box for a woman with a disabled son to store refrigerated medicine during the power cut.
A spokesperson for Electricity North West said: “We were asked to attend the scene by GMFRS to isolate power supplies as a safety precaution.
“We removed supplies to 1,047 local customers at 10.37pm to allow firefighters to safely tackle the fire. Our engineers worked through the night and restored the majority of supplies at 11.34pm and the remaining 499 customers were restored at 1.28am by generator.
“We will continue to work closely with the fire service and we will remove the generator and get people back on normal supply as soon as possible today.
“If customers would like any further information they can contact us on 0800 195 4141 or follow us @ElectricityNW.”
PRESS RELEASE AT 7am
FIREFIGHTERS have spent the night tackling a blaze at a factory on Mitchell Street in Tottington.
North West Fire Control received a number of calls at around 8.50pm on Thursday, November 13, 2014, reporting flames seen coming from the roof of a powder coating factory.
Approximately 30 firefighters from Bury, Heywood, Whitefield, Ramsbottom, Hyde and Bolton North fire stations were sent to the scene crewing six fire engines and two Hydraulic Platform Vehicles.
Crew used three jets and monitors to bring the fire under control and have been on the scene throughout the night extinguishing small pockets of fire.
One fire engine remains on the scene this morning.
Station Manager Angus Robinson said last night: “On arrival, firefighters were met with a large fire and flames could be seen from quite a distance. It was really important to get the fire under control as quickly and as safely as possible.
“Crew are working extremely hard to extinguish the fire and have already prevented it spreading further to neighbouring businesses.
“Due to a power cut in the area, we are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to make sure that any vulnerable people who live in the immediate area are looked after and have a safe place to stay.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.