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PICTURES: Fire closes Chester Road, Trafford, as emergency crews battle blaze

By Dean Wilkins

A fire is raging in Trafford as emergency crews battle to control the blaze spreading to neighbouring homes.

At 8.10am today, fire services were called to Chester Road, between Bridgewater Way and Mancunian Way, after a large fire broke out at a neon sign shop. There are no reported injuries as of yet.

Roads have been closed and traffic is being diverted by officers as city centre traffic is directed via White City Way, Talbot Road and Stretford Road. Outbound traffic is being diverted via Regent Road or Chorlton Road.

Rob Humphreys, an eye witness to the incident, said: “Fire crews have started to get control of the fire after breaking into the next door spa and the flats above to make sure the blaze didn’t spread.

“The roof collapsed and there were numerous explosions as the fire brigade continued to battle.”

Police closed Chester Road nearly an hour after the blaze started as a traffic officer had driven past the shop and informed the GMP.

Mr Humphreys added: “The owner was working inside and managed to escape after my friend spotted the flames and alerted the emergency. He was unharmed but seemed p***ed off. His wife was distraught and crying.”

Motorists in Manchester are advised to find alternative routes after the road closures were put in place while the fire brigade deal with the blaze.

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