Residents describe hearing “bangs” as huge fire breaks out at Rochdale mill

Firefighters are battling a huge blaze at a mill near an Iceland in Rochdale tonight.

Flames and smoke can be seen for miles as shocked onlookers described hearing "pops" and "bangs" as ash rains down from the sky.

One witness said: "Just seen at least SIX fire engines heading for the M60 near the Oldham/Rochdale junction."

Another added: "Thought it was fireworks at first."

Residents nearby are being urged to keep their windows and doors closed.

Saqib Raja, who lives a few streets away from Greenfield Street, told the Manchester Evening News: "It’s a factory near to some houses.

"At the back of the factory is an Iceland supermarket. I saw four fire engines go past. Then three police vans and an ambulance, then more fire engines. The fire is still going on."

Liam Teal wrote: "Fire opposite Shell Garage, Queensway in Rochdale. Popping and banging like crazy. Flames at least 100ft."

Emergency crews were called to the scene at around 10.30pm.

A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue spokesman confirmed they received reports of a fire at a mill on Greenfield Lane in Rochdale.

They added: "At 22.30 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire involving a mill measuring approximately 80m x 80m in Greenfield Lane, Rochdale.

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"The building is well alight and there are currently ten fire engines from Rochdale, Littleborough, Chadderton, Oldham, Blackley, Whitefield, Manchester Central in attendance along with the technical response unit from Ashton-Under-Lyne.

"Cordons are in place and are being managed by Greater Manchester Police. Queensway is currently closed.

"Please avoid the area if possible and if you live locally, please close your windows and doors."

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