Words by Gary Carter
PART of a mill has collapsed after three floors gave way on Friday evening.
People living in Millbrook found themselves at the centre of a major incident when part of the wall at Oakwood Mill on Grenville Street tumbled to the floor.
Four homes were evacuated after fire, police and ambulance crews flocked to the scene after the incident.
Parts of the Grade II listed building collapsed under the weight of the roof giving way but the majority of the structure remains standing.
The three-storey building was built as a specialised spinning mill for the Staley Mill Company but is believed to have been vacant for several years.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service used a drone to hover over the top and examine the extent of the damage caused by the collapse.
And the scene, with much of the brickwork that fell believed to be largely in the mill’s yard, will shortly be made safe.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Police were contacted by a member of the public to reports of a building collapse at Oakwood Mill.
“The collapse was inside of the building.
“No-one was injured. Police initially attended and then the Technical Response Unit arrived as a precaution to ensure the structure was safe.”