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Firefighters respond to commercial building fire in Ashton

At 8:14am on Saturday 14 May seven fire engines and several specialist and support appliances from across Tameside and Stockport attended a fire involving the external ducting and roof space of a mid-terraced commercial property on Smallshaw Lane, Ashton under Lyne.

Firefighters quickly responded to the incident and rescued two people from a neighbouring property. Crews used six breathing apparatus, two jets, one ultra-high pressure lance and an aerial ladder platform to extinguish the fire.

Two casualties were checked at the scene as a precaution by North West Ambulance Service.

Group Manager James Willmott said: "I want to praise the quick work of our firefighters in bringing this incident under control. Their quick response and hard work today meant that we were able protect lives and stop the fire spreading as well as limiting damage to neighbouring properties.   

"This incident is a reminder to all residents and businesses in Greater Manchester to make sure that you have working smoke alarms in your property and that you have an escape plan in the event of a fire. Being prepared could save your life one day. You can find more fire safety advice on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website.

"I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service for their support at this incident."

Firefighters will remain on scene for a number of hours to tackle any remaining hot spots. 

You can read more about having an escape plan, smoke alarms and fire safety advice here: House, Maisonette or Bungalow

Article Published: 14/05/2022 14:54 PM