‘Major incident’ as huge warehouse fire forces residents to be evacuated

Firefighters from across Manchester are tackling a huge blaze at a warehouse in Denton which has seen residents evacuated from their homes.

Locals reported a huge plume of smoke coming from the blaze at a three-storey warehouse on Sunday afternoon.

Six fire engines, 125 firefighters and an aerial appliance rushed to the huge self-storage warehouse as residents were urged to keep their windows and doors shut.

Police have since deemed the blaze a ‘major incident’ and ordered some locals to leave their homes.

The fire has also resulted in the M67 being closed in both directions

Superintendent Natalie Dixon of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We currently have an evacuation procedure in place to ensure all those in the vicinity of the fire are kept safe.

“All those required to evacuate will be contacted by police and we ask that no one leaves their house unless otherwise instructed.

“We are urging all those in the local area to keep their doors and windows closed to ensure they are better protected from any smoke inhalation.

“We are also asking the public to avoid the area where possible.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service described the blaze as ‘significant’ adding that it is being tackled by firefighters wearing breathing gear.

They are using jets and an ultra-high-pressure hose to tackle the fire.

Local residents are being urged to keep doors and windows closed and to avoid the area to allow the fire service to deal with the incident.

Some people living nearby have said that they are being asked to evacuate.

Roads in the area have been closed.

Residents in the area have reported a huge plume of smoke over their homes and have also reported hearing load bangs.

A witness tweeted: “What the hell is on fire in Denton, can see the smoke from here.”

Another said: “Never seen a fire this big before.”

The fire is said to have affected a number of units in the warehouse.

Although there are no reports of any injuries, paramedics are also at the scene as well as the police who have cordoned off the area.

The fire service is using a drone to try and identify the seat of the blaze.

Caravans parked up near the warehouse are also at risk from the fire.

Highways England have released a statement regarding the closure of the M67.

It reads: “The closure has been put in place due to an building fire on Holland Street West which is adjacent to the M67 carriageway.

“Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service lead the response to this incident and are being assisted with traffic management by Greater Manchester Police and Highways England.

“There are currently no estimates for how long the closure is likely to remain in place.

“A number of local roads in the surrounding area are also closed.”