Plumes of smoke seen over Heywood as crews tackle huge fire at scrap yard

Huge plumes of smoke were seen clouding over Heywood on Monday evening (June 20) after a fire broke out at a scrap yard. Crews from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were seen tackling the blaze among materials off Peel Lane. Dramatic pictures appear to show wooden pallets on fire at the wasteland, surrounded by various other materials including metal skips and tyres.

How the flames broke out has not been confirmed at this time. People on a local social media group reported seeing the thick clouds of smoke billowing over the town, in the Rochdale borough, from a distance and through neighbouring streets as the fire brigade continued to use their safety jets to try and dampen the blaze. READ MOREMan dead and another seriously injured following horror smash in Little Hulton

Multiple fire engines raced to the scene beside the River Roch. A spokesperson for the force confirmed they were still in attendance as of 10pm and it is not thought there were any injuries.

Plumes of smoke could be seen masking neighbouring streets

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “Just before 9pm this evening (Monday 20th June), three fire engines Heywood, Rochdale central and Bury central fire station were called to reports of a fire at a scrap yard on Peel Lane, Heywood.” “The crews arrived quickly at scene and worked to make the area safe.

Firefighters are using three safety jets to extinguish the fire.”

Material on fire at a scrap yard in Heywood

“Firefighters have been in attendance for around forty minutes and are still at the scene.” Also in Manchester on Monday nigh t, a derelict pub that has sat empty for more than a decade caught fire in Bolton, with a road being closed off for numerous hours. Firefighters were also deployed to Wythenshawe earlier in the evening, after another unused pub set alight.

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