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UPDATED: Firefighters tackle Dukinfield warehouse blaze

Borough: Tameside

Incident Date: 13 January 2018

Update - 12pm Sunday, January 14

TWO fire engines remain at the scene of a large blaze at a pillow and bedding company in Tameside.

GMFRS firefighters were called to a single storey warehouse building on Cooper Street in Dukinfield shortly before 8pm on Saturday, January 13.

Six fire engines, two aerial appliances and a number of specialist units tackled the blaze using jets while the Technical Response Unit used specialist cutting gear to cut through the roller shutters, allowing crews in breathing apparatus to access the building inside.  

The building was well alight and nearby residents were advised to keep windows and doors closed due to the smoke. 

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated on the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital. They were later discharged.   

On Sunday morning, Station Manager Dave Swallow said: “Two fire engines and an aerial appliance remain on the scene and we are expecting resources to reduce to just one fire engine this afternoon with a view to closing the incident later today.

“Cooper Street remains closed but working with police we have reopened the other roads.

“An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the fire.”

ENDS   

Update - 11pm Saturday, January 13

FIREFIGHTERS have spent the evening tackling a large fire at a commercial warehouse in Tameside.

Fire engines from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to Cooper Street just before 8pm on Saturday, January 13.

At the height of the blaze, six fire engines, two aerials and a Technical Response Unit – plus a number of other specialist appliances and officers, were at the scene.

The fire involved a single storey building, measuring approximately 40 metres by 20 metres, that produces pillow and bedding products.   

Firefighters in breathing apparatus have been using five jets and an aerial appliance to bring the fire under control.

Residents in the nearby area were advised to keep their windows and doors closed due to a large amount of smoke in the area.

Group Manager Phil Nelson, who was in charge of the incident, said: “When crews arrived at the scene the building was well alight and there was a lot of smoke in the area. Crews are working hard to extinguish the fire and we are expecting to be here throughout the night.

“We currently have some road closures in place but the affected roads are in the industrial part of the area – Cooper Street, Wharf Street and Furnace Street. We are working with police to manage the road closures and with those who have businesses in the area to reduce any commercial impact.

“Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while tackling the fire. They were taken to hospital suffering minor injuries and are due to return home this evening. The families of the injured firefighters have been informed about their injuries.”

The cause of the blaze in unknown at this stage.

ENDS

Update 10pm - Saturday, January 13

AROUND 40 firefighters are dealing with a large fire at a commercial warehouse in Tameside.

Fire engines from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to Cooper Street just before 8pm on Saturday, January 13.

The fire involves a single storey building measuring approximately 40 metres by 20 metres that produces pillow and bedding products.   

Firefighters in breathing apparatus are using five jets and an aerial appliance to bring the fire under control.

Residents in the nearby area are advised to keep their windows and doors closed due to a large amount of smoke in the area.

ENDS

Last update: 14/01/2018 12:41:32
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