Large blaze at scrap metal recycling plant

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze. Pic: Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue Service
Firefighters at the scene of the blaze. Pic: Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue Service

Roads have now reopened after a large fire at a scrap metal recycling plant overnight.

Around 50 firefighters were called to Kas Metal Trading, on Coal Pit Lane, Atherton, shortly after 3.15am today.

Flames and smoke were billowing from the industrial unit when they arrived.

Roads were closed in the Bag Lane area and residents were urged to keep doors and windows closed because of the smoke.

Firefighters worked to tackle the blaze, but it is understood to have been further fuelled by a diesel tank in the building.

Crews from Atherton, Hindley, Leigh, Bolton, Hyde, Rochdale, Horwich and Stockport fire stations worked throughout the night, alongside the technical response unit, major rescue unit, an air unit and an aerial ladder.

The fire is under control but if you live in the area please stay indoors and keep your windows and doors shut

Incident commander Paul Duggan

Mick Callan, watch manager at Hindley fire station, said: “At its height there were eight fire engines and one aerial platform.

“The crews used breathing apparatus and jets.

“It took approximately two-and-a-half hours to bring it under control and I would anticipate that crews will remain there throughout the day.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation is expected to get under way today.

All of the building is thought to have been damaged by smoke, with around 50 per cent damaged by fire.

Three fire crews remained at the site this morning.

Road closures were still in place during the rush hour but the fire service confirmed they had reopened shortly before 10am.