Ferocious blaze at old asbestos factory tackled by 50 firefighters – Rochdale residents urged to keep windows shut

By Dean Wilkins

A ferocious blaze at an old asbestos factory in Rochdale needed more than 50 firefighters to be put out this morning.

Crews were called to the derelict mill, near to Fallowfield Drive, just after 2.45am and found the three-storey building completely engulfed in flames.

Residents were advised to close doors and windows as a precaution due to the sheer amount of smoke the fire was creating – but the disaster has now been brought under control by emergency services.

Station Manager Paul Etches said: “We’re working hard to resolve this as quickly as possible and we asked residents living close to the site can help us protect them by keeping doors and windows closed.

“The fire is now under control and we’ve been working with the local authority and health agencies and the advice remains the same but is limited only to those in the immediate vicinity of Fallowfield Drive.

“There should be minimal disruption to residents schools and businesses but crews will remain on the scene throughout the day damping down.”

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to work at the scene.

As well as firefighters who are working to put the fire out, specialist officers – such as hazardous materials officers – are there to help ensure the safety of those working at the site, those living nearby and the environment.

Road closures surrounding the factory remain in place.

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