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Homes evacuated as fires rage out of control over Manchester on Saddleworth Moor (Pictures and video


A huge moorland fire has forced people to spend the night away from their homes – as the Greater Manchester blaze continues to spread.

The police have declared the Saddleworth Moor fire a ‘major incident’ and said the Army is on standby to step in, Metro reported.

On Tuesday, people in the Calico Crescent area of Carrbrook, in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, were advised to leave their properties as firefighters battled flames nearby.

Speaking about the overnight operation to battle the Saddleworth Moor fire, Leon Parkes, assistant chief fire officer with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, told reporters: ‘Fire crews have been working in tremendously difficult conditions in the heat, smoke, working with our partner agencies.

A woman in a gas mask makes her way back to the shops in the smoke-filled streets of Mossley (Picture: Cavendish)

‘A number of actions were put in place including the evacuation of nearby houses because of the spread of the fire.

‘We are doing an assessment on the scene this morning. We have 10 fire engines with 50 fire fighters.

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‘Some earth sampling was undertaken last night and the readings that have come back are showing safe levels.

‘Our advice to members of the public is to close your windows and doors if you are experiencing smoke.

Anybody on medication, continue to take that medication. ‘The feedback in respect of the smoke is that they’re at safe levels.’

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Culled from Metro