A huge fire turned the centre of Stockport into a no-go zone today, 29th May 2012.
More than 70 firefighters tackled a fierce blaze at a five-storey block of flats. The fire forced the evacuation of people from 12 nearby flats. The blaze broke out at 2.20am and it took three hours to be brought under control. There were no reported injuries but road closures remain in place in the town centre. Fire chiefs said firefighters were expected to remain at the scene throughout the day. People in flats above shops near to the scene were led to safety. Smoke and debris was sent across the town centre, as far as Stockport Plaza next to the A6. Firefighters worked to stop the blaze spreading to nearby businesses and homes, in what is a heavily built-up area. Shops opposite were damaged by heat, smoke and water. The blaze was finally brought under control at 5am. The spokesman added: “Firefighters from Whitehill and Stockport stations went out initially and found a well-established fire in the building. The blaze was threatening a number of other buildings and more crews were called on to tackle the blaze. Firefighters using three aerial appliances dealt with the fire, controlling it and stopping it from spreading to other buildings. A number of roads around the area have been closed as a safety measure and a number of residents were evacuated from their homes as a precaution. Firefighters are likely to remain at the scene throughout the day damping down and making sure the fire is completely out.” An investigation into the cause of the blaze is under way. Read more
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