I was walking Jess earlier today, her usual morning walk, and was just nearing home when i looked up and saw a massive dark smoke cloud in the sky. I veered over towards the main road, and saw it was coming from a group of Industrial buildings in the distance. Large black clouds of smoke were coming up – roiling, evil, alive smoke. I took Jess straight home, sorted her out, told Michiel where i was going then headed up there with my camera. (more behind the cut, of course).

[Edit: I walked over to the fruit and veg shop later, and looked up the road towards the seat of the fire. I could see flashing lights in the distance, obviously there was still activity, so i walked back up towards the fire, and snapped more pictures, which i’ve loaded here too. Its also been reported on Channel M (the local Manchester News Channel), link here if anyone wants it. Many of the locations i photographed are featured.]

Almost what i could see when i first saw the fire, although the smoke has lessened considerably by this time. (I could hear and see lots of emergency vehicles of all kinds converging on the spot too).

Almost what i could see when i first saw the fire, although the smoke has lessened considerably by this time. (I could hear and see lots of emergency vehicles of all kinds converging on the spot too).

Much closer. You can see the crowds of people too, people who, like me, had come to rubberneck. I tried to get a little bit closer, but a police officer was shooing us all further back, behind a cordon.

Much closer. You can see the crowds of people too, people who, like me, had come to rubberneck. I tried to get a little bit closer, but a police officer was shooing us all further back, behind a cordon.

This is about as close as i got. Maybe 500 yards from the building that the fire was in (and ive really no desire to get much closer).

This is about as close as i got. Maybe 500 yards from the building that the fire was in (and i've really no desire to get much closer).The fire is in the white painted building sort of behind and back a bit from the fire engine.

I circled around a bit after a few shots from the previous vantage point. This is taken from a position about 90 degrees around from the previous one. The brick in the foreground is nothing to do with the fire - this is an old DSS building that was demolished several months ago (theyre going to build a shopping centre on the wider site). I think at this point the majority of the fire is out.

I circled around a bit after a few shots from the previous vantage point. This is taken from a position about 90 degrees around from the previous one. The brick in the foreground is nothing to do with the fire - this is an old DSS building that was demolished several months ago (they're going to build a shopping centre on the wider site). I think at this point the majority of the fire is out.

Another shot of a fire engine

Another shot of a fire engine, firefighters and police. I feel sorry for the people living in the houses nearby: with an unexploded cylinder in the garage, they likely won't be allowed back into their homes tonight.

looking across the demolished DSS building to the houses behind, almost obscured by the smoke drifting across still.

looking across the demolished DSS building to the houses behind, almost obscured by the smoke drifting across still.

Firefighter walking from the engine towards the fire. I saw Senior Fire officers - i think this was a multi-pump fire - and while I was watching, a couple of guys roared up in nice cars with temporary blue flashlights attached, climbed out and into fire gear. I think they were Fire Investigators. Also saw some firefighters in breathing gear.

Firefighter walking from the engine towards the fire. I saw Senior Fire officers - i think this was a multi-pump fire - and while I was watching, a couple of guys roared up in nice cars with temporary blue flashlights attached, climbed out and into fire gear. I think they were Fire Investigators. Also saw some firefighters in breathing gear.

You can see the collapsed roof, here. Shortly after i took this photograph, i talked to a policewoman doing guard duty at the cordon, who told me that it was a garage, and that there was an unexploded cylinder on site. She also told me that the roof had collapsed, and that the roof had asbestos in it, which is why she was wearing the mask. At this point i thanked her and hightailed it home. Asbestos is not to be mucked with.

You can see the collapsed roof, here. Shortly after i took this photograph, i talked to a policewoman doing guard duty at the cordon, who told me that it was a garage, and that there was an unexploded cylinder on site. She also told me that the roof had collapsed, and that the roof had asbestos in it, which is why she was wearing the mask. At this point i thanked her and hightailed it home. Asbestos is not to be mucked with.

the last shot, as i walked home, and looked back: three firemen having a chat, and a passerby with a child, almost oblivious to it all.

the last shot, as i walked home, and looked back: three firemen having a chat, and a passerby with a child, almost oblivious to it all.

more firefighters

more firefighters

They were starting to close the main road that runs close to the site by the time i walked up... not to foot traffic, just to cars n the like - its already closed heading away from the photo, but there are inflatable water pipes snaking across the road, which traffic has to slow down to cross, the firefighters have put ramps on the road to cross over the pipes, but theyre not too wide, and at least one lorry had problems...

They were starting to close the main road that runs close to the site by the time i walked up... not to foot traffic, just to cars n the like - its already closed heading away from the photo, but there are inflatable water pipes snaking across the road, which traffic has to slow down to cross, the firefighters have put ramps on the road to cross over the pipes, but they're not too wide, and at least one lorry had problems...

inflatable water pipes snaking up the road. I think they were running out of water, or needed a bigger fire hydrant, i dont know, because earlier they were connected to a different point further down the road, closer to the seat of the fire. Obviously theyre still damping down.

inflatable water pipes snaking up the road. I think they were running out of water, or needed a bigger fire hydrant, i don't know, because earlier they were connected to a different point further down the road, closer to the seat of the fire. Obviously they're still damping down. This is looking towards Ashton-Under-Lyne (Manchester is in the opposite direction).

looking the other way, towards Manchester

looking the other way, towards Manchester

the crossingpoint for cars going up the road. By the time i walked back down the road towards home, theyd closed it to cars coming both ways.

the crossingpoint for cars going up the road. By the time i walked back down the road towards home, they'd closed it to cars coming both ways.

Closeup of a sort of hub for the water pipes that the firefighters use

Closeup of a sort of hub for the water pipes that the firefighters use

you can see the network of pipes snaking around the side of the road here. This is looking towards Ashton Under Lyne again.

you can see the network of pipes snaking around the side of the road here. This is looking towards Ashton Under Lyne again.

This is the seat of the fire. You can see the damage to the roof here. This is the point i got to earlier, when the policeman shooed me away (along with a bunch of other people) before i could take any photographs.

This is the seat of the fire. You can see the damage to the roof here. This is the point i got to earlier, when the policeman shooed me away (along with a bunch of other people) before i could take any photographs.

there was loads of this stuff around - police tape. the guy that did this lot didnt get it the right way round though!

there was loads of this stuff around - police tape. the guy that did this lot didn't get it the right way round though!

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