Manchester fire: Crews tackle large cash-and-carry blaze

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Drivers are being advised to avoid the Ardwick area of Manchester

A large fire broke out at a cash-and-carry in Manchester, leading to plumes of smoke being seen across the city skyline.

At its peak, more than 50 firefighters were tackling the blaze at Imperial Knitwear Ltd in the Ardwick area of the city after being called at about 19:00 BST on Tuesday.

The incident was scaled down at 23:00 but crews remain at the scene.

The building is unstable and there are road closures in place.

Police said the building had been evacuated but there were no reports of casualties.

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Firefighters tackled the blaze throughout the night and into Wednesday morning

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said Hyde Road remains closed towards Manchester from Devonshire Street to the Apollo theatre roundabout.

Station Manager Lee Bourne said: “It’s been a long night, our firefighters have worked incredibly hard to save the adjoining properties.

“We are now in the process of dampening down the remains of the fire and will be on the scene for the coming hours.”

The service added that “there is no information on the cause of the fire yet”.

Drivers have been advised to avoid Hyde Road and people have been told to keep their windows shut, especially in the Gorton and Longsight areas.

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People have been told to keep their windows shut after the blaze broke out in the Ardwick area

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