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Pallet fire near flammable liquid

Pallet yard fire courtesy of Julian Bovis
The fire will take all night to dampen down

More than 70 firefighters are trying to contain a fire that has swept through a pallet yard in Manchester.

The flames, which have taken over the building in Lord North Street, Miles Platting, may engulf an adjacent property - containing flammable liquid.

Crews have been made to stand about 100 metres (109 yards) from the source of the fire in case of an explosion.

A fire service spokesman said: "It's intense, we are using jets to try to keep it from the flammable storage."

Lord North Road has been closed while the firefighters try to contain the flames.

The spokesman added: "We are hoping to have it under control in the next couple of hours, but crews will be here all night dampening down.

"The fire caught the pallets then it just spread. We don't know how it started yet, but we will have an investigation team on site as soon as it is safe."

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