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Blackley fire: Emergency services issue 'avoid the area' warning as new images show extent of huge blaze

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People have been urged to 'avoid the area' after a huge blaze ripped through a building in Blackley on Wednesday night (April 3).

Emergency services flooded White Moss Road shortly before 8.30pm after the former Vasa Club building erupted into flames. Eight fire engines, along with assistance from police, descended on the scene and cordoned off nearby roads.

Dramatic drone images revealed the extent of the blaze, with thick plumes of smoke seen billowing into the air amid the major response. READ MORE Blackley fire LIVE updates as huge blaze tears through building with road shut off Pictures taken from the scene showed a number of fire service personnel in attendance, with hose reels and jets used late into the evening in an attempt to dampen the flames.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, however Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service urged people to 'avoid the area' as the response continued.

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