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Incident Date: 20 September 2014
UPDATED AT 7.30PM
TWO fire engines will remain on the scene of a large-scale fire at Adswood Road industrial estate in Stockport.
Crew have been dampening down throughout today (Saturday, September 20) and working with partner agencies to keep disruption to a minimum. Resources have been scaled down but GMFRS will remain on the scene throughout the night.
Working with Greater Manchester Police, GMFRS managed to reopen all roads affected by the incident at around 6.30pm.
Where it's been safe to do so, fire officers have been escorting some business owners and staff into some of the buildings to collect value items.
A preliminary investigation had been carried out and further investigations will take place once officers can access all parts of the building - this hasn't been able to take place yet as large parts of the building are unsafe.
GMFRS would like to thank the public for their support and patience while firefighters and officers have dealt with this incident.
POSTED AT 8.45AM
SIXTEEN fire engines and around 80 firefighters have been tackling a large fire at an industrial estate in Adswood Road, Stockport.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) sent fire crew to the scene at around 3.15am on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
When firefighters arrived, they discovered a large fire in a building measuring around 100 metres by 100 metres.
The fire was rapidly developing and spreading to connecting units so further resources were called to bring the fire under control.
Borough Manager Andy Heywood, who's in charge of the incident, said: "We've been dealing with a major fire in a large single-storey building containing timber that has spread into a number of connecting single and two-storey units.
"The building is complex and it was difficult to gain access so we've had a total of 23 emergency response vehicles on the scene.
"We've had to bring water in from quite a distance and had crew tackling the fire from inside and outside to bring it under control. We've also had three aerial appliances being used to get water onto the buildings from above.
"The fire has affected a couple of other units but crew have worked very hard to stop the fire spreading and have managed to protect the majority of the units."
As there was quite a lot of smoke in the area, nearby residents were advised to close their windows and doors as a precaution, however, the incident was contained to the industrial estate.
Borough Manager Heywood continued: "There is quite a lot of smoke in the area but the main building affected is primarily involving timber so it's fairly clean burning and we don't believe there's any significant hazard to people in the area."
The incident is being scaled now and resources will be reduced to six fire engines and two aerial appliances from around 9am.
Adswood Road around the industrial estate will remain closed for the majority of the day.