FIREFIGHTERS from Bolton were amongst crews from all over Greater Manchester called in to tackle a huge overnight mill fire.

Crews from Bolton North and Atherton fire stations arrived on the scene at Lodge Mill on Townley Street, Middleton at around 8.45pm.

They managed to bring the fire under control by the early hours of Friday morning.

A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Spokesperson said: "Just after 8.45pm this evening (Thursday 30 December) we received the first of several reports about a building fire on Townley Street, Middleton, involving a three-storey commercial premises.

"Fire engines from across Greater Manchester are currently in attendance.

"All three floors were well alight when crews arrived, and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using three hose reels, five jets and a turntable ladder to tackle the blaze.

Emergency services closed off Townley Street and the road was closed both ways from A669 Oldham Road to Lodge Street.

Firefighters remained on the scene to dampen down remaining hotspots later into Friday morning.

GMFRS group manager Jason Rain, in charge at the incident, said: "Thanks to the swift response and hard work of our crews we’ve managed to get on top of this challenging incident.

"Road closures are still in place, and our crews will remain at the scene to identify any remaining hot spots and ensure the safety of the surrounding area.

"This has been a multi-agency response, and I’d like to thank colleagues in all blue-light services and at Rochdale Council for their support at this incident.

"I’d also like to thank local residents for their cooperation and ask that people continue to stay clear of the area at this time."

The fire service says that an investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire.