asbestos - disused building fire - pic by Scott Taylor

A major fire in a disused building on Macon Way in Crewe, just yards from the town’s fire station, has caused major delays and closures across the area at peak hour tonight.

The fire started shortly before 5pm, with some witnesses claiming they saw youths running from the scene.

Fire crews from Nantwich, Crewe, Congleton and Alsager are at the scene, along with an aerial ladder platform from Lymm.

Police closed off Macon Way, and staff in surrounding businesses were evacuated as smoke billowed out across the town.

Staff in stores on nearby Grand Junction Retail park were also evacuated.

A Cheshire Fire Service spokesperson said: “The fire involves the ground and first floor of the building which measures approximately 40m x 30m.

“Crews are using two main jets to tackle the flames.

macon way fire - pic by rachel anne

pic by rachel anne

“Five fire engines have been called to the scene along with an aerial ladder platform. A 100-metre cordon is being set up.

“People are asked to avoid the area as there is a large amount of smoke issuing from the affected building.

“The fire has broken through the roof. Hose reel jets are also being used by firefighters and nearby buildings have been evacuated.”

crews battle macon house building fire Macon Way - pic by Scott Taylor

pic by Scott Taylor

Cheshire Police said: “Police were called at 4.37pm today (Thursday, 28 September) to reports of a building on fire on Macon Way in Crewe.

“Emergency services are currently at the scene and evacuations have taken place at nearby premises as a precaution. The Grand Junction Retail Park is currently closed.

“Local residents are being advised to stay indoors and keep all windows and doors closed. At this stage there have been no reports of any injuries.

“There is currently a road closure in place at Hungerford Road and the entire length of Macon Way as well as the junction of Macon Way and Manchester Bridge.

“The town centre is currently congested and we are working hard to address the traffic congestion. Please avoid the area for the time being.”

macon way blaze, pic by dale broadfield

pic by Dale Broadfield

(featured image (top) by Scott Taylor)

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