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Fire at an industrial unit on Albert Royds Street

The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service dealt with a large fire at an industrial unit at Albert Royds Street, Rochdale on Thursday, 8 February 2018.

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4.10pm, Tuesday, 20 February 2018.

We appointed a specialist contractor to undertake an initial clear-up of the roads and the immediate areas where debris was seen or reported to us.

The responsibility for clearance and management of the site itself and further clearance of debris has now been handed over to the site owner and their appointed representatives and contractors. We'll pass over any queries regarding the removal of the debris to the site owner's appointed representatives to action. 

Health precautions

The building that caught fire contained asbestos cement. This is a stable form of asbestos and the asbestos content is low. The risk to public health is low, but you should limit time spent in areas affected by ash.

Disposing of ash and debris

While there's no direct evidence of long-term health risks from fires involving materials that contain asbestos, it's sensible that related debris is removed to minimise any potential exposure.

If you see any ash around your premises, don't sweep or vacuum debris, as this could create airborne dust.

If any debris is found around the site or on your property you're advised to leave it alone, keep people away from it and contact the new contractor to arrange for clearance and disposal. If you don't know the contact details of the new contractor or if you've any outstanding queries please ring us on 0300 303 8871, 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday.