Manchester fire: Flames erupt and smoke billows across city in emergency

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A massive blaze has erupted in Manchester, with black smoke billowing into the sky.

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service received reports about a huge batch of tyres catching fire at around 8.30pm this evening.

Shocking pictures show flames rising from the scene of the blaze, with smoke visible for miles around.

One Twitter user tweeted: “Looks like a big fire in Miles Platting. Hope all are safe.”

A spokesman for the GMFRS tweeted: “At around 8:30pm this evening (Saturday 27 August 2022) we received the first of several reports about a fire on Holland Street, Manchester, involving a large quantity of tyres and generating a significant plume of smoke.

“Crews from Phillips Park and Manchester Central fire stations were quickly mobilised to attend, and firefighters are currently at the scene tackling the flames.”

It comes after a huge blaze erupted near Waterloo East station in London, sending smoke billowing into the sky of the capital.

The fire completely engulfed a railway arch containing vehicles in Union Street, Southwark, with around 70 firefighters fighting the flames.

At least two electric cars caught fire in the blaze, Network Rail confirmed.

Dramatic footage shared online shows black smoke pouring from the scene, with alarms going off in the background.

Trains stopped passing through London Bridge during the fire, however all lines were reopened after the flames were extinguished.

Several buildings in the area were evacuated, with residents urged to shut their windows and doors due to heavy smoke.

One Londoner said “acrid” smoke was spreading through Southwark, making the air “chewable”.

A train passenger said the flames spread onto the tracks in front of her, with smoke entering the carriage.

The passenger, whose carriage stopped near the fire, tweeted: “Coming out of London Bridge and a fire spread onto the tracks.

“The smoke is now coming up the train and we have to be evacuated.”

However, she later added: “The train had finally reversed back down to London Bridge to let us off! There will be any trains going past London Bridge!!! All trains to Charing Cross and Waterloo cancelled.”

Station Commander Wayne Johnson, who was at the scene, said: “The blaze is producing heavy smoke and those living or working in the local area are advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

“Trains to and from London Bridge are affected and several buildings have been evacuated.”

The brigade’s control room received more than 33 calls about the blaze.

Fire chiefs urged Londoners to avoid the scene and keep their windows and doors closed.