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Rochdale homes evacuated as mill blaze tackled

Rochdale homes evacuated as mill blaze tackled

The blaze broke out at about 22:30 BST
Up to 30 homes were evacuated as firefighters tackled a blaze at a mill.At its height 10 fire engines and more than 50 firefighters were tackling the blaze on Greenfield Lane in Rochdale.The fire broke out at about 22:30 BST and by about 01:00 Greater Manchester Service said it was making good progress and scaling back.A spokesman said between 20 and 30 homes had been evacuated "as a precaution", with Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court opened as a refuge.Residents nearby were urged to keep doors and windows closed.
More than 50 firefighters were tackling the blaze
The A664 is closed in both directions between Dicken Green and Oldham Road, while closures are also in place on Milkstone Road and Well I' Th Lane. The spokesman said fire engines from various stations were at the scene with crews using handheld jets on the ground and a hydraulic platform to fight the fire from the air.The spokesman said: "Firefighters are working hard to stop fire spread and protect nearby buildings."
Greater Manchester Police
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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