Alarming photographs show a fire tear through a block of flats today.

The building in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, has reportedly been evacuated.

The pictures show huge plumes of smoke and flames billowing from the building. Fire crews are on the scene, Manchester Evening News reports.

The road has been closed while emergency services respond. Witnesses have reportedly been led to safety, though this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has been contacted for more information.

Buses have been diverted onto other routes through the market town.

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