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Incident Date: 30 July 2017
AT 7.13pm on July 30, seven fire engines and an aerial appliance were joined by a Technical Response Unit and a Major Rescue Unit at a fire at an industrial estate in Mossdown Road in the Heyside area of Oldham.
On arrival crew discovered a large quantity of waste on fire that had spread to a nearby building.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using jets and ground monitors to tackle the blaze and are monitoring the fire with a thermal imaging camera.
Firefighters have worked through the night in Mossdown Road and as of 5.30am (July 31) three fire engines and an aerial appliance remain at the scene.
A large pile of waste continues to burn at the site and firefighters are liaising with the site owners and Environment Agency as they break down the waste pile and put water on any pockets of fire that remain.
Two fire engines remain at the scene of a large scale waste fire in Oldham.
The site owners are currently using two JCB appliances to excavate waste with firefighters damping down.
It is envisaged that crews will remain at the site for the remainder of the day checking for pockets of fire among the waste.
UPDATE AUGUST 1 - 10.40am
One crew remains at the scene of a large waste fire that broke out in Mossdown Road, Oldham on Sunday evening.
At the height of the blaze there were 14 appliances at the scene with more than 60 fire service personnel tackling the blaze.
At the moment firefighters are still working with the site owners who are excavating waste. As they turn the rubbish over pockets of fire are being discovered so one hose reel is being used to damp down.
An investigation has been launched to discover the cause of the fire.