Ikea evac­u­ated af­ter van blaze in car park

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By PAUL BRIT­TON

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

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