RESIDENTS were evacuated from a block of flats in the middle of the night after a fire in the car park spread to the foyer.
Around 10 people were forced from their homes on Porterfield Drive, Tyldesley, at around 4am on Tuesday following the blaze.
The incident began when a Volvo estate in the car park next to the flats caught fire, with the flames quickly spreading to a Toyota Yaris and a Mazda.
As the foyer and stairwell of the building had become smoke-logged, firefighters decided to evacuate the ground and first floor flats.
Crew manager Paul Gibbons from Atherton fire station said: “There was a large amount of smoke in the foyer so we had to carry out an evacuation.
“We knocked on all the doors and about 10 people showed their faces. We also spoke to neighbours to ensure no-one was left on the two floors.
“We then opened the doors to allow the foyer to vent naturally.”
The residents had to spend around 40 minutes outside before being allowed to return to their flats. No-one was injured.
The Volvo and Toyota were completely gutted by the blaze and the Mazda is also presumed to be a write-off despite suffering less serious damage.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) also attended the scene but fire crews believe the blaze was accidental.
Firefighters also carried out several home safety checks and more will be done today (Tuesday) by another crew.