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Potentially Explosive Fire in Hyde
Thursday 3rd July 2014 @ 07:41 by james.dean

Residents were being warned to stay inside and motorists to avoid Hyde today as Firefighters were tackled a potentially explosive factory blaze in the town.

Seven fire crews were called to the  burning building on Raglan Street.

The fire service and police cordoned off streets surrounding the incident after it was discovered a number of explosive gas cylinders were at the scene.

A number of local businesses were evacuated from the area with warnings issued to nearby residents and motorists across social media.

Greater Manchester Fire Service tweeted a warning to nearby residents: “Our crews are fighting a fire in a factory near the centre of Hyde – avoid the area and keep doors and windows closed if you live nearby.”

Tameside Council warned motorists that the fire was causing traffic problems in the Mill Lane, Read Street and Raglan Street areas of Hyde, just off Manchester Road, because of the heavy smoke.

The fire started just after 11.30am and a large plume of smoke could be seen for miles from the central Hyde area.