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Huge Fire at Oxford Mills
Posted: Friday 9th August 2019 at 11:03
Categories: Ashton- Tameside News

Firefighters battled a huge fire which tore through three buildings at a former cotton mill in Tameside.

At the height of the fire around 75 firefighters tackled fire at Oxford Mills on Oxford Street East in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Firefighters fought the flames some from aerial platforms.

The smoke and embers reached many parts of the town with the smoke plume visible from miles away.

Along the Ashton canal day turned to night as the smoke blocked out the sun.

Stockport Road, the A6017 between Guide Bridge railway station and St Peter’s Church, was closed whilst the fire was tackled.

Jason Rain, group manager for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), said: “Our firefighters have done an exceptional job tackling this large-scale fire over quite a long period of time “

Tameside Council leader Brenda Warrington said: “We are working closely with the mill owners and the fire service to ensure the swift and safe demolition of the building.

“This demolition work, which is being carried out in close partnership with the fire service as they continue to put out the fire, is critical to making the area safe for the residents of Gibson Terrace to be able to return home.

“For now, however, this remains a hazard site and it isn’t anticipated that the residents will be able to return within the next few days.

“In the meantime the residents who are not staying with friends and family have been moved from the emergency rest centre and are being well supported in temporary accommodation provided by Jigsaw Homes.”