Oldham fire: Former church gutted by blaze

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Aerial thermal image of fire at a former church in Oldham.Image source, GMFRS Air Unit
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The roof of the former church, near Oldham Mumps tram stop, collapsed in the fire

A large blaze has ripped through a former church in Oldham.

Firefighters were called to the building, which is now a commercial property, at about 21:10 GMT.

The roof of the church on Regent Street, near Oldham Mumps tram stop, collapsed in flames. There were no reports of any injuries.

Six engines and an aerial platform were sent to tackle the blaze, which covered 15m (50ft) by 30m (100ft), said Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Nearby residents were urged to keep windows and doors shut.

Regent Street Congregational chapel was opened in 1830 and has been occupied by a range of different businesses since 1970, according to the National Archives.

Image source, GMFRS Air Unit

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