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Rescue operation after man gets trapped in loft

Fire fighters rescued a man in Stretford after he fell and his foot became trapped in the floor of a loft space.

The man became stuck on the fourth floor of a property under renovation in Norwood Road, Stretford.

There were fears for the safety of the man as the building is undergoing building work.

Crews used a crane and other specialist equipment to free him and the road was closed for a short time.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: "As the property is under renovation, it wasn't a stable building so we had to attend to make sure he could make it safely down to ground level."

Fire crews tackle Irlam blaze

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New photographs released on anniversary of bombing

Today is the 18th anniversary of the IRA bomb attack in Manchester. Credit: Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Remarkable images released by Manchester Fire and Rescue Service give new insight into the scale of destruction caused by the IRA bomb attack.

The previously unseen photographs were released today to mark the 18th anniversary of the blast.

Hundreds were injured but there were no fatalities in the blast. Credit: Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

The attack took place on Saturday 15 June 1996 when a 3,300-pound (1,500 kg) bomb, placed in a van on Corporation Street, exploded at around 11.20am - wrecking the busy shopping area of the city centre.

A total of 69 images have been released by Greater Manchester Fire Service. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The bomb was the biggest ever to explode on mainland Britain.

Two hundred and twelve people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

Several buildings near the explosion were damaged beyond repair and had to be demolished.

All the 35mm film images were scanned by one of a volunteer. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The perpetrators of the attack have never been caught.

To view all 69 of the images, visit the Flickr page of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

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 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 Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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 Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
The derelict mill was gutted by the fire Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Firefighters worked through the night Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Blaze at mill in Rochdale

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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