SD7807 : Damping Down After The General Engineering Fire

taken 7 years ago, near to Radcliffe, Bury, Great Britain

Damping Down After The General Engineering Fire
Damping Down After The General Engineering Fire
A mixture of smoke, dust and steam as firefighters continue to spray water on remains of the former General Engineering factory, partly destroyed by the blaze the previous evening.

The fire broke out shortly before 10pm on Thursday (23rd August) in the former General Engineering factory and adjoining warehouse on Bury Road.

More than 60 firefighters attended the incident and spent the night tackling the blaze, along with ten fire engines, two aerial appliances and a number of specialist vehicles. Efforts to extinguish the blaze were hampered when a large gas pipe ruptured which led to a small explosion creating a gas flare and causing the collapse of part of the industrial complex. The heat from the fire at a site on Bury Road was so intense it cracked the windows of the flats opposite, forcing the emergency services to evacuate local residents from About 100 homes in the Bury Road and Schofield Street areas to Radcliffe Civic Suite in Thomas Street.

Firefighters eventually managed to gain control of the blaze after the gas supply to the fractured pipe was isolated in the early hours of the morning and were then able to begin damping down the site.

It is believed the building was empty but an investigation is underway.

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Date Taken
Friday, 24 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 24 August, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  People, Events  Industry 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7892 0768 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:33.9183N 2:19.1847W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7892 0772
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