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Asbestos scare after fire at former factory in Rochdale

Fire being put out at a former asbestos factory in Rochdale Photo: Paul Hilton

More than 50 firefighters have spent the night battling a blaze at a former asbestos factory in Rochdale.

Crews were called to the derelict mill just after 2.45am this morning.

Residents were advised to close doors and windows as a precaution due to the sheer amount of smoke the fire was creating.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to work at the scene.

Fire crews in attendance at former Rochdale asbestos factory Credit: Paul Hilton

“We’re working hard to resolve this as quickly as possible and we asked residents living close to the site can help us protect them by keeping doors and windows closed.

“The fire is now under control and we’ve been working with the local authority and health agencies and the advice remains the same but is limited only to those in the immediate vicinity of Fallowfield Drive.

“There should be minimal disruption to residents schools and businesses but crews will remain on the scene throughout the day damping down.”

– Station Manager Paul Etches

As well as firefighters who are working to put the fire out, specialist officers – such as hazardous materials officers – are there to help ensure the safety of those working at the site, those living nearby and the environment.

Local road closures remain in place.