Fire at Warwick Mill in Middleton

Date published: 24 February 2018

A blaze broke out at Warwick Mill on Oldham Road, Middleton in the early hours of Saturday morning and involved a large quantity of timber and rubbish on the ground floor of the derelict mill.

The fire had spread from the ground floor to the first floor of the five story building when eight crews and other specialist units from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service arrived.

Firefighters wearing reathing apparatus were tackling the blaze using  jets and are ventilating the building.

Station Manager Paul Duggan said: “Our crews have the fire at the derelict building under control and are fighting the fire on the ground floor and the first floor of the mill.

“There are a number of road closures in place in the surrounding areas so please bear with us as we tackle the blaze. We are working closely with partners to get the roads back open as soon as possible.”

UPDATE - 7am

The fire at Warwick Mill in Oldham Road, Middleton is now out and the incident has scaled down to two pumps who are monitoring the mill for hot spots using a thermal imaging camera.

All surrounding roads and roundabouts are now open.

The Officer in Charge, Watch Manager Tony Doyle said: “Crews did a fantastic job in controlling the fire and stopping it from spreading to any further floors. We have now been able to scale down the incident, but there is still smoke on higher floors and firefighters are continuing to monitor the mill for hot spots.

“All roads have reopened in the surrounding areas and the incident will likely close later today.”

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