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Plastics fire - Ancoats

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 30 March 2018

3pm update

The plastics fire in Ancoats has been extinguished and all emergency services have left the scene.

GMFRS were on site for roughly one hour and 45 minutes and GMP have reopened Peary Street.

Watch Manager Neil Aylett from Manchester Central Community Fire Station said: “Alongside colleagues from Salford and Philips Park we worked quickly to extinguish the flames and reduce the smoke, which was thick and black and, had it spread, could have drifted over roads in the neighbourhood.

“Plastics burn very hot, as intense as a car fire in this instance, so despite the fact that this fire was soon under control we had to remain on the scene for some time to make sure the site was safe and the scene damped down.

“Although the smoke might have looked significant at the height of the blaze, in reality this was a fire GMFRS firefighters were quickly able to get on top of, bring under control and put out.”

Ancoats fire


Crews from three fire stations remain at the scene of a fire in Ancoats, Manchester after Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service were contacted by several members of the public.

Following calls at 1.01pm on Friday 30 March fire engines from Manchester Central, Philips Park and Salford attended the scene at Peary Street where they discovered a fire involving a pile of discarded plastic pallets on a piece of open ground.

Firefighters used two water and one foam jets and were quickly able to subdue the fire and smoke, preventing plumes from drifting over nearby carriageways.

Colleagues from Greater Manchester Police are also in attendance and Peary Street is currently closed.

Last update: 30/03/2018 14:58:21
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