Homes evacuated after Oldham factory fire

Fire crews in Oldham are tackling a large fire a derelict factory.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service received reports of the blaze at the building in Chester Street, Werneth, at just after 8:30 this morning and quickly brought the fire under control.

Fire crews tackle blaze in Oldham Credit: GMFRS

The disused building, which is near to a number of terraced houses, was well alight and smoke could be seen for miles around.

Fire crews from Oldham, Hollins, Hyde, two from Chadderton and an aerial platform were sent to the scene.

Fire involved 100% of the building Credit: GMFRS

A total of 11 houses were evacuated as a precaution – residents in five houses have been allowed to return home but those in six houses have not yet been let back in for safety reasons.

11 nearby homes evacuated Credit: GMFRS

Station Manager John Varey, who was in charge of the incident, said: “There are still small isolated pickets of fire within the building but we can’t send crews in at the moment due to potentially unsafe nature of the building.

“The fire involved 100 per cent of the building – the ground and first floors and the roof were well alight when we arrived.