Rochdale fire: 30 homes evacuated as dozens of firefighters tackle huge blaze at mill

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

A huge fire in a mill in Rochdale has seen some 30 homes evacuated as dozens of firefighters were brought in to tackle the blaze.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said families were evacuated as a precaution, as crews worked to stop the flames from spreading.

More than 50 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the mill on Greenfield Lane.

Some 30 homes were evacuated after a fire broke out at a mill in Rochdale (PA)

Bury and Rochdale Magistrates’ Court was opened as a shelter, but residents were later allowed to return to their homes.

Pictures from the scene show the building engulfed in fire, with flames visible from miles around. There are no reported injuries.

The roof of the building has collapsed inwards and firefighters are arranging demolition of the building so they can reach the pockets of fire that remain inside the building.

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GMFRS station manager Nick Hince said: ‘Crews have made great progress and we have scaled back the incident overnight. Seats of fire remain in the building and will be difficult to reach until the building has been demolished.’

The fire service said crews were called at just before 10.35pm on Monday.

Mr Hince added: ‘Crews are using handheld jets to control the blaze and are also tackling the fire from height using a hydraulic platform.

More than 50 firefighters were sent in to tackle the blaze at the mill on Greenfield Lane (PA)

‘Firefighters are working hard to stop fire spread and protect nearby buildings.

‘If you live locally, please ensure windows and doors are closed and avoid the area.’

Police have shut the A664 in both directions between Dicken Green and Oldham Road, while road closures are also in place on Milkstone Road and Well I’ Th Lane.

Evacuated residents were allowed back to their homes shortly before 1am.