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Manchester fire: Thick black smoke cloud spotted as huge blaze rages

Residents were told to close doors and windows because of the smoke. The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service responded to reports of a fire on Stalybridge’s North End Road on Saturday morning.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue tweeted: “Firefighters are currently battling a fire at the North End Road Recycling Center in Stalybridge.

“If there is a lot of smoke coming from the fire, we advise those in the vicinity to exercise caution and keep doors and windows closed.”

A fire department spokesman said the blaze involved mixed recycling, including “plastic parts and computers”.

They said: At 8am on Saturday September 3, firefighters were called to a fire in the courtyard of a commercial property on Stalybridge Northend Road.

“There are currently four fire engines out to put out the blaze, which includes mixed recycling of plastics and computer parts.

“The fire has produced a lot of smoke and we advise people in the area to exercise caution and keep doors and windows closed. The incident continues.

A Manchester Evening News reporter who saw the blaze said the blaze was essentially under control.

“A cordon has been put in place at the scene of the fire,” Louisa Gregson said in a tweet. “Lots of smoke can be seen in the sky, but firefighters say they have essentially brought the blaze under control.”

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