Residents forced to leave homes after factory explosion

Hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes after an explosion at a factory in Greater Manchester last night.

Firefighters were called to Bury Road in Radcliffe after a gas main ignited a fire.

Many people will be allowed home later this morning but roads in the area will remain closed.

The blaze broke out at the industrial site at around 9.45pm.

Around 50 firefighters were called to the scene on Schofield Street as the flames spread across a number of units.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a gas mains pipe in one of the properties then exploded forcing emergency workers to evacuated nearby properties as a precaution.

There are no reports of any injuries and nobody was believed to be inside the building, which is thought to belong to a freight company, when the fire broke out.