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Asbestos warning after crews battle large warehouse fire in Greater Manchester

Photo: Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service

Fire crews have been tackling a huge fire at a warehouse in Salford, which is understood to contain asbestos.

The blaze broke out in the early hours of this morning at the Worsley Trading Estate, in Little Hulton, and eight fire engines were initially called to the scene.

At the height of the blaze ten fire engines and two aerial appliances were being used to bring the flames under control.

The factory is understood to contain asbestos and as a result some has blown onto surfaces in the area.

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By 5am the fire was under control and the number of firefighters at the scene were scaled back to eight pumps alongside the aerial appliances. North West Ambulance Service staff and Greater Manchester Police are also assisting.

“Our crews have worked tirelessly through the night to tackle this very challenging incident. Thanks to their hard work the fire is now surrounded and under control.

“There will be an emergency service presence at the scene for some time yet and there will be some disruption.

" As a result of the fire, some asbestos has been blow on to surfaces in the local area. This is low level asbestos and is nothing to worry about but if you see any please do not touch it.

We are currently arranging street cleansing, and notifying various premises such as schools which have been affected in the immediate vicinity.

“People should continue to keep all windows and doors closed and stay well clear of the area.”

– Tony Bryan, Incident Commander