EMERGENCY action is taking place to demolish Ray Mill in Stalybridge after it was ravaged by a fire which started on Saturday night.
Most of the fire has been extinguished as of this morning (Monday 19 March) however the root of the fire – although under control – remains deeply embedded in rubble at the site in the Clarence Street and Tameside Street area.
As a precaution all nearby residents and businesses were advised to:
Due to the extensive damage caused by the fire, the building is now structurally unsound and contractors are on site and working closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police to undertake demolition work.
Road closures remain in place on Clarence Street and Tame Street and on some surrounding roads until further notice. Disruption is likely to continue for at least a week as the demolition progresses and the area is made safe. The extent of road closures will be minimised – which full access to the bus depot and Whitelands Business Park expected to be re-established later today - but the safety of the public while demolition is underway remains paramount.
All operations from the Council depot on Tameside Street – including waste/recycling collections and winter gritting – are continuing as normal.
Tameside Council is proactively identifying and contacting businesses in the vicinity to keep them updated and GMP have deployed police community support officers to the area to liaise with and reassure local people.
A Tameside Council spokesperson said: “We wish to extend our thanks to those who worked extremely hard in very challenging conditions to bring the fire under control and to ensure the safety of the public, particularly Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
“We also want to recognise the efforts of those who have worked throughout the night to ensure that 80 bus vehicles could be removed from nearby transport depot to ensure that disruption to public transport is minimised. As The Council’s main operational depot is next to the seriously damaged building, we will make all possible efforts to ensure that key services such as gritting and waste collection continue and to minimise disruption, this will be dependent on building surveys and safety considerations.”
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue have begun an investigation into the cause of the fire.
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