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Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue services are in attendance at what is believed to be the old lucozade factory in Little Hulton this morning. Residents are being warned to keep windows and doors closed due to toxic smoke billowing into the air.

Fire fighters are currently battling a large warehouse fire which has broken out at a building on the Worlsey Trading Estate.

GMFRS was called to Lester Road on the Worsley Trading Estate, Little Hulton, shortly after midnight on Thursday, November 15 and eight fire engines and two aerial appliances are currently at the scene tackling the blaze.

The whole of the warehouse roof is said to be 'well aligh't and the fire currently measures 100 metres by 100 metres, although good progress is reportedly being made and the fire is now surrounded and under control.

North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Police are assisting at the scene. 

At 6:30am Incident Commander Tony Bryan issued the following update:


 “Our crews have worked tirelessly through the night to tackle this very challenging incident. Thanks to their hard work the fire is now surrounded and under control.

“There will be an emergency service presence at the scene for some time yet and there will be some disruption, I would like to thank residents for their cooperation. As a result of the fire, some asbestos has been blow on to surfaces in the local area.

"This is low level asbestos and is nothing to worry about but if you see any please do not touch it.

“We currently have the Forward Incident Officer (FIO) from the Local Authority supporting us at the incident. We are currently arranging street cleansing, and notifying various premises such as schools which have been affected in the immediate vicinity.

“People should continue to keep all windows and doors closed and stay well clear of the area.”

It is not thought at this point there have been any casualties.

Reports coming in are that several of the nearby homes have been evacuated by the police as a precautionary measure.


Meanwhile an urgent warning has been issued for nearby residents and those with breathing difficulties to keep windows and doors closed.

A warning has also been issued to the public to avoid any white asbestos materials they may encounter in the surrounding area, it is classed as low level but should still be avoided and reported.

Manchester Road West is currently closed in both directions and it does not look like it will be reopened in time for the rush hour traffic later this morning, please make plans to use alternative routes just in case.


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