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Rochdale mill fire still burning

Firefighters will remain on the scene of a large derelict mill fire in Rochdale overnight.

The fire at the former Turner Industrial Products site in Rooley Moor Road is still burning almost 24 hours after it started but it is under control.

"The bulk of the fire has been extinguished but there are small parts of the building that are proving difficult for firefighters to access safely.

"This is because the roof has collapsed in some places and one gable end is in an unstable condition and dangerous."

– Station Manager Mark Turner, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue

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Firefighters and police carry out rescue exercise

Five rescues have taken place in Manchester this month
Five rescues have taken place in Manchester this month Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters and police divers have been carrying out a mock rescue and body recovery in the Piccadilly Basin, Manchester to show how dangerous canals can be.

The exercise comes after a spate of incidents in the city centre, with crews attending five water incidents in the last month.

PICTURES: Rochdale mill fire

Fire crews have been using aerial platforms
Fire crews have been using aerial platforms Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Residents have been asked to keep their doors and windows shut
Residents nearby have been asked to keep their doors and windows shut Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
 Six fire engines were called to the former Turner Industrial Products site in Rooley Moor Road
Six fire engines were called to the former Turner Industrial Products site in Rooley Moor Road Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
The derelict mill was gutted by the fire
The derelict mill was gutted by the fire Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Firefighters worked through the night
Firefighters worked through the night Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Blaze at mill in Rochdale

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Firecrews were called to Rooley Moor Road in Rochdale late last night Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Firefighters are tackling a large fire in a derelict mill on Rooley Moor Road, Rochdale.

Six fire engines were called to the former Turner Industrial Products site at 11.10pm last night.

Fire Service Group Manager Tony Holt, who is in charge of the incident, said: "We have the fire under control, but we will be here all night and into tomorrow.

"Our specialist environmental protection officers are working with the Environment Agency and other partners to keep the environmental impact of this fire to a minimum.

"As a precaution we are asking everyone who lives nearby to keep their doors and windows closed, while we tackle this fire."

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Don't text and drive charity warns

Greater Manchester Fire Service give backing to Brake's campaign to stop people using mobile devices while driving.

"We now rescue more people from road traffic collisions than we do from fires. With smart phones and sat-navs it has never been so easy to become distracted whilst driving. And distraction leads to fatal consequences for so many people on our roads. Road Safety Week helps us reach people with road safety advice and prevent crashes before they happen."

– Wayne Shields, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service,

Fire service map to show call-outs on busiest night

The community will be able to ride along with firefighters in Greater Manchester this Bonfire Night due to a new online initiative.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have created a live map showing rubbish fires and bonfires attended by crews.

It will plot data from the 999 control room as part of the Treacle Campaign.

The fire service has also produced a video which shows how dangerous fireworks can be.

A second map has been created so people can see where organised bonfire and firework events are taking place.

In addition, the Service will be using its Twitter profiles as fire engines attend incidents so that the public can get an even greater insight into the work firefighters do.

You can follow Treacle news on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #Treacle2013.

Lightning blows hole in house roof in Bolton

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A sheet covers the hole in the roof were lightning struck Credit: Victoria Grimes ITV Granada

An elderly couple had a lucky escape when a lightning strike blew a hole in the roof of their home in Bolton.

Firefighters were called to Langholme Drive in Breightmet after a 999 call was made to Greater just before 4.30pm yesterday.

It's believed that a lightning bolt hit the roof and travelled down the aerial and chimney causing the couple's gas fire and TV to smoulder.

Watch Manager Paul Norris from Bolton North Fire Station said: "Two houses were affected by the lightning - one was unoccupied but the one that came off worse was occupied by an elderly couple.

"The bolt left quite a large hole in the roof and has damaged the chimney, and inside plaster and a light switch were blown off the wall in the couple's bedroom.

"Tiles on the roof and chimney had come away with the impact from the bolt that also damaged electrical circuits."We used ladders to get onto the roof and took away loose bricks and made the chimney stack safe."

Burnt curtains
The lightning strike burnt the curtains Credit: Victoria Grimes ITV Granada
Television set
The lightning blew up the TV Credit: Victoria Grimes ITV Granada
Damaged gas fire
The force of the lightning blew up the gas fire Credit: Victoria Grimes ITV Granada

Video shows dangers of illegal fireworks

A video showing the dangers of playing with fireworks has been released by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) as they go on sale ahead of Bonfire Night.

Part of the annual Treacle campaign, launched this week, it shows the devastating effects an illegal firework can have when it explodes in a child’s hand.

It comes a year after an 'onion bomb' detonated in the face of a 10-year-old boy in Salford leaving him with serious burns and facial injuries.

Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention, Peter O’Reilly said: “As Bonfire Night approaches we want everyone to enjoy it safely, so this video serves as a reminder to children and parents what can happen if you don’t take firework safety seriously.

“Last year everyone remembers the shocking image of a 10-year-old boy in hospital with serious injuries, he had been holding an illegal onion bomb when it exploded in his face. “This year, we hope this video, which reveals the horrors of firework injuries, will make people think twice.”

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