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Former mill engulfed by fire

Oldham mill fire

A derelict textile mill in Oldham is on fire and dozens of homes nearby have been evacuated.

Residents in the Fitton Hill area are being asked to keep doors and windows closed while firefighters tackle the major blaze at Maple Mill on Cardwell Street.

Around 80 firefighters and officers remain at the scene tackling the fire in the four-storey building.

Parts of the structure have collapsed and the entire building is engulfed by the fire.

Firefighters are attacking the fire with jets, pumping water from nearby open water sources and are attacking the fire from the outside of the building.

Area manager Warren Pickstone said: “Crews are working incredibly hard to tackle this fire, when we arrived we were met with a serious fire on the top floor of the mill.

“We are working hard with our colleagues at the police to protect surrounding properties, about 100 properties in the immediate area have been evacuated.

“Tyres are also involved in the fire so it’s emitting a thick acrid smoke, we are asking nearby residents to please keep their windows and doors closed as the smoke plume travels across Oldham.”

Oldham Council has opened a centre nearby for affected residents.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Not a paper mill??

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  • Yes - we were told at first it was paper - it's now clear it was a former textile mill. Apologies

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