Firefighters were called to Costcutter, on Kings Road in Ashton-under-Lyne, after fire broke out just before 6.45am
Firefighters were called to Costcutter, on Kings Road, on Thursday morning
Firefighters were called to Costcutter, on Kings Road, Ashton-under-Lyne , after fire broke out just before 6.45am.
A convenience store was left destroyed after a huge blaze engulfed the building.
The team used breathing apparatus, a hose reel, and jets to bring it under control by 9.30am.
Fire crews have remained at the scene to make sure the property is safe and to dampen down the flames.
They are also checking adjoining buildings in case they have also been affected.
Four fire engines and a hydraulic platform were required to extinguish the blaze
It is unknown at this stage what caused the blaze.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire spread across both floors of the property.
The spokesman confirmed nobody was inside the property at the time and there are no reports of any injuries.
Images shared of the aftermath of the blaze show the roof of the building completely destroyed.
A statement from GMFRS said: “Crew have so far used two breathing kits, three jets and a hydraulic platform and the fire is now under control.
“Cordons have been set up and adjoining properties are being checked by fire service personnel.”
The fire spread across both floors of the property
Firefighters are now investigating the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage.
Kings Road, near the junction of Queens Road, is expected to remain closed for several hours and residents are being advised to avoid the area if possible.
Witnesses shared images on social media of thick clouds of smoke surrounding the building.
Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton, tweeted: “Please avoid Kings Road Junction in Ashton as major fire broken out.”
PCSO Ryan Chadwick wrote: “Off duty at the moment but please avoid Kings Rd #AshtonHurst as @manchesterfire deal with a fire at Costcutter.”