Probe launched after fire tears through 150-year-old mill in Ashton

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An investiagtion has been launched after a fire tore through a walkway endangering a 150-year-old mill in Ashton last night.

People in the mills left after calling firefighters, who were scrambled to the fire at Oxford Mill on Oxford Street East yesterday at 5.39pm.

Three crews wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze from the ground and from an aerial appliance which sprayed water from above. They stopped the fire destroying the 150-year-old mill, but some of the roof was damaged and the walkway was gutted.

The fire involved the walkway between a two-storey and a five-storey mill.

Watch Manager Michael Howard from Ashton Fire Station, who was Incident Commander, said: "Credit must go to the crews who tackled this fire as they managed to contain it to the walkway, which connects the two mills together.

“The owner of the mills was grateful for what we did, and he was at the scene with us and helped by switching off the power supply.

“Once the fire was out we made sure that there were no hidden pockets of fire in the mills.”

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