Firefighters battle huge blaze as thick smoke visible across city skyline

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Firefighters are on the scene of a huge fire that has broken out in Manchester.

Thick, dark plumes of smoke could be seen across the city as fire crews descended on the emergency.

Greater Manchester Fire Service confirmed firefighters were called to the emergency at around 10.40pm on Wednesday (July 21).

The fire broke out at a commercial premises on Oldham Road, Manchester.

Eight fire engines are currently at the scene as emergency services battle under extreme and testing conditions.

In a statement Greater Manchester Fire Service said: ""At around 10.40pm on Wednesday 21 July, GMFRS crews were called to reports of a large fire at a commercial premises on Oldham Road, Manchester.

"Eight fire engines and other specialist appliances are currently at the scene. Firefighters are working hard in very warm conditions to tackle the blaze in sectors using jets, an aerial platform and a ground monitor, and to prevent spread to adjacent buildings.

"Road closures are in place. Local residents are advised to keep their windows and doors closed and should avoid the area while firefighters carry out their work."

Dramatic photos taken by witnesses show the Manchester skyline fill with dark plumes of smoke and a ferocious fire taking hold.

Trains and public transport in the area were affected by the emergency with some services cancelled.

Northern Railway advised that many of its trains are displaced and may not be in operation for the morning commute.

The company tweeted: "Due to a large fire in the Miles Platting area of Manchester many of our late services are cancelled.

"Many of our trains are displaced as a result of the line closure and may not be in the correct place to operate services in the morning.

"Disruption is possible on all routes in and around Manchester."

An area manager with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue advised locals to avoid the area.

Ben Levy tweeted: "Our @manchesterfire crews are working hard at scene of a building fire, Oldham Rd, Manchester. Please avoid area. Road closures in place:"

There are so far no indications why the fire broke out or what caused it.

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