A large number of police cars and fire engines can be seen along a road in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester this evening -, with smoke billowing into the sky over the residential road after locals reported hearing a ‘huge explosion’
Residents heard a huge explosion before a large house fire erupted in Manchester this evening.
Images show a large police presence at the scene in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester with a large amount of smoke after residents reported hearing a ‘huge explosion’.
Motorists have been told to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the incident, which is thought to have happened around 6.45pm.
A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “We are currently attending an incident on Brownley Road in Manchester. Road closures are in place. Please keep your doors and windows closed if you are in the area.”
In a tweet sent to the manchester evening news, one person said: “Fire in house on Brownly Rd #Wythenshawe police surrounding roads and closed to traffic and Metrolink.” There are delays in the area, travel services have said.
Stagecoach have said they have also have to entertain services. A posted tweet says: “Route 43. Due to a police incident on Brownley Rd in Wythenshawe, the 43 service is diverting in both directions via Hollyhedge Rd and Broadoak Rd (103 route) We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.”
Travel service Inrix says: “Brownley Road in both directions closed due to police incident between Crossacres Road and Mayfair Road. Traffic is coping well.
“The road has been closed since 18:50. Metrolink services are also suspended as a result.”
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “At around 6.30pm today (31 March), crews were called to reports of a fire at a domestic property on Brownley Road in Manchester.
“Four fire engines from Bolton North, Cheadle, Wythenshawe and Stockport stations, and the Technical Rescue Unit from Ashton attended.
“Firefighters assessed the scene and are using breathing apparatus and hose reels to control the fire and make the scene safe.
“Crews are working with colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service and are currently still on the scene.”
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