RESIDENTS have been urged to stay indoors as firefighters tackle a large blaze near Knutsford.

Crews were called to the scene in Marthall at 4.40pm yesterday, Friday, and discovered an outbuilding well alight.

On arrival firefighters discovered the fire was also affecting two diesel tanks.

A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman advised residents to keep doors and windows shut as the crews are expected to be on scene for several hours.

Knutsford Guardian: Damage caused by the fire (Wilmslow Fire Station)Damage caused by the fire (Wilmslow Fire Station)

He said: "At 4.40pm firefighters were called to reports of a large fire in Marthall near Knutsford. 

"Firefighters attended the scene and discovered an outbuilding which was well alight, and the fire was also affecting two diesel tanks.

"Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using two main jets and a hose reel jet to tackle fire fire and cool the diesel tanks.

"There are no reports of any injuries and all persons are accounted for.

Knutsford Guardian: Crews at the scene (Wilmslow Fire Station)Crews at the scene (Wilmslow Fire Station)

"Residents in the local area are advised to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors closed.

"Crews are expected to remain at the scene for several hours."

As of 9am this morning, Saturday, firefighters said they had been working throughout the night to tackle the fire in the 20 x 20 metre outbuilding.

As part of this the crews used breathing apparatus, two main jets, two ground monitors and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

A spokesperson said: "The crews have also used a thermal imaging camera to monitor the temperatures of the diesel tanks and cylinders.

"During the night a number of shift changes have taken place with firefighters from Crewe, Congleton, Northwich and Winsford assisting at the scene. 

"At the current time, one fire engine from Poynton remains in attendance.

"The crew are using one hose reel jet to dampen down and tackle any remaining hotspots."