Residents evacuated and road closed after blaze
Wednesday 25th October 2017 @ 09:58 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Gorton & Openshaw News

Ashton Old Road remained closed this morning following a huge blaze at the Wing Fat Cash and Carry in Gorton.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said there was still a lot of smoke following the fire and traffic lights were still not operating.

Commuters are being asked to find alternative routes for their journeys today and Hyde Road is facing far heavier traffic as a result of the incident.

Three fire appliances remain at the scene, but because the roof has collapsed the building is difficult and unsafe for crews to enter.

A demolition contractor is set to remove the roof to provide better access for firefighters to tackle the remaining small pockets of fire and deal with explosions caused by gas cylinders inside.

The fire service say it is still too early to determine the cause of the fire.

Police, fire service and the local authority will meet later today to sample the air quality in the area and determine whether it is safe for nearby residents who have been evacuated to return to their homes.

People are asked to keep checking @manchesterfire on Twitter for updates.

Last night residents who live at numbers 405 – 423 Ashton Old Road, as well as in Blocks 1 and 2 of Synergy Flats at 425 Ashton Old Road, were not allowed to return to their properties due to the continued smoke from the fire.

People affected were asked to stay with friends and family where possible – but a rest centre was set up for those requiring accommodation at The Grange Community Resource Centre on Pilgrim Drive in Manchester.

All other properties in the area were deemed safe to return to.

Ashton and Gorton fire crews joined 12 teams from across Greater Manchester to tackle the blaze at its height, with around 60 firefighters involved.

The fire was first reported at 11.23am yesterday.