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Bury scrapyard fire: Aerial photos show extent of damage following huge blaze

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 03/01/2020 Rebecca Day
a steam train with smoke coming out of it: Aerial photos from the scene © Manchester Fire Aerial photos from the scene

These aerial photos show the extent of the damage caused following a huge fire at a scrapyard in Bury .

The pictures show smoke billowing from the wreckage of the burnt out scrap cars, 22 hours since the blaze first took hold.

The fire broke out at the site off Pimhole Road at 6pm on Thursday.

At its height around 100 firefighters tackled the fire. It measured 30 metres wide by 15 metres high.

Both the Environment Agency and Public Health England were contacted due to concerns about the pollution generated by the blaze.

A firefighter tackles hotspots at the scrapyard © Environment Agency A firefighter tackles hotspots at the scrapyard

The Environment Agency tweeted a photo of a firefighter battling fire hotspots with a hose reel while stood behind piles of charred cars. 

The tweet, at 4pm, said: "Team Environment Agency is working together with Manchester Fire.

a large long train on a track with smoke coming out of it: The aftermath of the scrapyard fire © Manchester Fire The aftermath of the scrapyard fire

"Our priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of people and the environment which may be affected by this incident."

Road closures remain in place on Rochdale Road at the junction with Wash Lane.

The latest photos from the blaze at the scrapyard off Pimhole Road in Bury. © Environment Agency The latest photos from the blaze at the scrapyard off Pimhole Road in Bury.

Residents are urged to keep all windows and doors closed due to high levels of smoke and steam.

Greater Manchester Manchester Fire and Rescue say people living in the area may have no water or poor water pressure due to the incident.

United Utilities engineers are currently working hard to restore supplies.

A fire investigation officer has visited the site. They said it was 'too early' to speculate on the cause of the blaze.

Billy Fenwick, incident commander in Bury, said: “Our crews have been working diligently throughout the day and we have made substantial progress. There is now very little smoke in the area. At the moment firefighters are operating heavy plant machinery, pulling materials apart so we can really get into the heart of the scene and damp down further using handheld jets.

“We estimate over the next 24 hours we will continue to steadily manage the scene and slowly started reducing our firefighters and appliances on the ground. But we will be here throughout the weekend until the full conclusion of this incident.

“We currently have six fire engines on scene with a high-volume pump supplying them with water. Later this evening we plan to reduce to four fire engines and then, at dawn tomorrow, we will re-evaluate what we still need.

“We have benefited from fantastic support from our partner agencies, including local police, the Environment Agency and the local council. As ever, our firefighters put their heart and soul into delivering for the local community, and have been working hard all day in quite challenging and wet conditions. They will continue to do so throughout the night.”

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