Firefighters at large fire at commercial premises in Middleton

8.30am update

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “Crews have continued to make good progress overnight and, as a result, have scaled back our presence at this incident.

“Four fire engines are currently in attendance, and firefighters are damping down remaining hot spots at the site. Road closures around the scene are still in place.

“An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire.”

11.30pm update

Group Manager Jason Rain, in charge at the incident, said: “Thanks to the swift response and hard work of our crews we’ve managed to get on top of this challenging incident.

“Road closures are still in place, and our crews will remain at the scene to identify any remaining hot spots and ensure the safety of the surrounding area.

“This has been a multi-agency response, and I’d like to thank colleagues in all blue-light services and at Rochdale Council for their support at this incident.

“I’d also like to thank local residents for their cooperation, and ask that people continue to stay clear of the area at this time.”

10pm update

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “Just after 8.45pm this evening (Thursday 30 December) we received the first of several reports about a building fire on Townley Street, Middleton, involving a three-storey commercial premises.

“Eight fire engines from across Greater Manchester are currently in attendance. All three floors were well alight when crews arrived, and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using three hose reels, five jets and a turntable ladder to tackle the blaze.

“Road closures are currently in place. Residents are advised to avoid the area and keep all windows and doors closed.”

31/12/2021 10:03 AM