Ikea evacuated after van blaze in car park
FIREFIGHTERS were scrambled to an IKEA store last night after a van caught fire.
Images submitted to the M.E.N. showed the white van ablaze in one of the superstore’s car parks in Ashtonunder-Lyne.
No injuries were reported. People shared photographs and videos of the alert on Facebook and Twitter.
Dale Fricke, IKEA Manchester Safety and Security Manager said: “We are able to confirm that an isolated incident occurred in the IKEA Manchester store yesterday whereby a fire started in our car park. The store was swiftly evacuated and the emergency services were called.
“The incident will be investigated, and the store is now open for business as usual.”
In a statement, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed firefighters were called to the scene at 4pm.
The busy store is based in Ashtonunder-Lyne on Wellington Road just off the busy M60 motorway.
There were no reports of any knock-on impact of smoke affecting the M60.
A GMFRS spokesman said: “We were called at 4.01pm to reports of a vehicle fire, and one fire engine from Stalybridge fire station is currently in attendance.” The IKEA store in Ashton opened in October 2006 and is the only one in Greater Manchester, with the nearest other store Warrington.
A Twitter user posted this picture of the fire