Firefighters worked through the night to tackle a huge blaze at Pioneer Mill in Radcliffe.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen from parts of Bury, Bolton and Greater Manchester yesterday evening, Tuesday.

Eight fire engines rushed to Milltown Street in Radcliffe at around 9.15pm.

Residents were urged to keep their windows and doors shut as crews worked throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning to put out the blaze.

The junction of Church Street West to the junction of New Road and Stand Lane in Radcliffe has reopened after being closed last night due to the fire.

In an update at 7.30am this morning, a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Firefighters have successfully extinguished all remaining pockets of fire at an incident on Milltown Street, Radcliffe.

"Operations have now been scaled back and three fire engines are at the scene this morning.

"Eight engines and support appliances were mobilised at the height of the blaze."

Station manager Paul Vester, in charge at the incident, added: “The swift and professional response of our crews meant that we were able to get on top of this incident quickly and then work throughout the night to bring it under control.

“The fire involved a large quantity of plastic in a single storey detached storage unit, and I want to praise the efforts of our crews who worked in challenging conditions to contain the blaze and prevent any further spread.

“I’d also like to thank our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, Bury Council and the Environment Agency for their support at this incident.

“This morning (Wednesday) our crews are assisting local businesses in gaining access to the site so that they can get back to work as soon as possible.

“Crews will continue their work at the scene today as they damp down any remaining hotspots and ensure the safety of the area.”