Major fire breaks out at Manchester warehouse with people urged to shut windows

People living nearby have been told to close their windows and doors and some are being evacuated after a major fire broke out at a warehouse in Greater Manchester.

Over 100 firefighters from across the area have been scrambled to the blaze at a warehouse in Denton.

Residents reported a huge plume of smoke coming from a three-storey warehouse on Holland Street this afternoon.

It is so big that it has spread to the nearby M67 motorway, which has been partly closed and drivers warned to be cautious.

Six fire engines and an aerial appliance are at the scene, a huge self-storage warehouse.

Firefighters wearing breathing gear are dealing with a ‘significant blaze’, according to a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

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

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.

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

Area Manager Stewart Forshaw, who is in charge of the incident, said: ‘Around 125 firefighters are working incredibly hard to bring this incident under control.

‘The first crews on scene were met with a well-developed fire and more support was quickly mobilised to deal with the blaze.

‘The incident is causing a large smoke plume that is affecting the local community and can be seen across the county. I would ask those who are affected by the smoke to keep their doors and windows closed and to avoid the area.

‘Smoke is also affecting the M67 motorway and it is closed between junctions one and two. If you are travelling, please take extra care.

‘It is likely our firefighters will be here throughout the evening and into tomorrow as we continue to deal with this incident.’

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