Black clouds from solvent company fire

Smoke was visible for miles around
Smoke was visible for miles around

FIREFIGHTERS tackled a large fire involving silos of solvents in Littleborough on Monday.

Residents in Walsden were worried about the black clouds of smoke that were heading their way after Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) received a number of calls reporting a fire at a roofing products mill on Calderbrook Road, which exits out onto Rochdale Road at Warland, just before 1pm on Monday, May 28.

People in the area were advised to keep doors and windows shut and drivers were advised that road closures were in place.

Crews from Littleborough and Rochdale fire stations went to the scene and found a number of silos of solvent were on fire.

A Todmorden crew was also called to the scene as commanders called for 10 pumps.

Walsden resident Lesley-Anne Fitzgerald said people were worried because of the possible effect from fumes.

“There is a huge black cloud overhead from an explosion in Littleborough which looks massive,” she said.

Fire crews had the fire under control by about 4pm but remained on the scene overnight.

Rochdale Borough Manager Tony Lander said on Monday: “We are dealing with a fire involving a range of buildings including a silo. There are bitumen tanks and Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) and various other chemicals involved.

“We are using foam jets on the silos and have brought the fire under control so it’s now almost non-existent.”

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) confirmed two men were injured, both had suffered burns and were taken to hospital.