UPDATE Residents Evacuated And Schools Closed As Manchester Fire Crews Tackle Massive Blaze

Here's everything we know so far

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More than 100 firefighters from Manchester crews have been tackling a fire that started in an industrial unit in Rochdale in the early hours of this morning.

Here's everything we know so far

The fire started in the early hours of Thursday morning on Albert Royds Street, Rochdale.

More than 100 firefighters were on the scene, tackling the blaze.

Locals were told to keep all windows and doors closed. Some homes were evacuated.

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Water pressure in the area was affected as crews were using 10,000 litres per minutes to deal with the fire.

Due to their close proximity, Belfield Community School, Springside School, Hamer Primary School and Brown Hill Learning Community announced they will be closed today.

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At 9:45AM, Manchester Fire said they have the area under control, but will remain on the scene throughout the day

Area Manager Ben Levy praised the firefighters who have been on duty since the early hours.

He said: "Crews have worked tirelessly to bring the fire under control. They worked quickly and efficiently to protect neighbouring properties because when we arrived there was a very real and immediate risk that the fire could spread to nearby houses.

"Thankfully, the actions of our firefighters meant that was not the case."

You can read the full report here.

(Images: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service / Twitter)

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