Commercial unit fire - Milltown Street, Radcliffe

07:30am update

Firefighters have successfully extinguished all remaining pockets of fire at an incident on Milltown Street, Radcliffe.

Operations have now been scaled back and three fire engines are at the scene this morning. Eight engines and support appliances were mobilised at the height of the blaze.

Station Manager Paul Vester, in charge at the incident this morning, said: “The swift and professional response of our crews meant that we were able to get on top of this incident quickly and then work throughout the night to bring it under control.

“The fire involved a large quantity of plastic in a single-storey detached storage unit, and I want to praise the efforts of our crews who worked in challenging conditions to contain the blaze and prevent any further spread.

“I’d also like to thank our colleagues at GMP, NWAS, Bury Council and the Environment Agency for their support at this incident.

“This morning our crews are assisting local businesses in gaining access to the site so that they can get back to work as soon as possible.

“Crews will continue their work at the scene today as they damp down any remaining hotspots and ensure the safety of the area.”

01:00am update

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said: “Crews remain at the scene of a fire on Milltown Street in Radcliffe, involving a single-storey commercial building.

“Eight fire engines from stations across the city-region attended the incident, assisted by a hydraulic platform from Oldham, a Command Unit from Atherton, a hose laying lorry from Chadderton, and an air unit and high-volume pump from Stretford. GMFRS crews are also being supported at the scene by colleagues from Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, and Bury Council.

“Firefighters have been working hard in challenging conditions to tackle the blaze using ground monitors, handheld jets, hose reels, lighting equipment, and breaking in-gear. Crews will continue firefighting operations throughout the night as they work to contain and extinguish the remaining pockets of fire and damp down hotspots.”

10:40pm update

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said: “Just after 9:15pm this evening (Tuesday 31 May) we were called to reports of a fire at a commercial premises on Milltown Street, Radcliffe.

“Eight fire engines were quickly mobilised to the scene, where crews found a single-storey building well alight and generating a significant plume of smoke.

“Firefighters are currently working hard to tackle the blaze in sectors using jets and hose reels. Residents in the area are advised to keep their windows and doors closed at this time.”

Article Published: 31/05/2022 23:01 PM