A CRANE has fallen onto a house on a street in Atherton. 

The incident happened on Flapper Fold Lane in Atherton at around 10.30am this morning (Saturday, April 6).

The residential street has been closed in both directions while emergency services respond to the incident.

It is understood there are no injuries relating to the incident. 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue (GMFRS) has said a lorry carrying the crane had overturned in the road with the crane then hitting the roof of a nearby house. 

A spokesperson for GMFRS said: “At around 10:30am today (Saturday 6th April), firefighters were called to reports of a crane that had fallen through the side of a residential property in Atherton, Wigan.

“One fire engine from Atherton fire station quickly arrived at the scene, where a lorry carrying the crane had overturned in the roadway. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) established a cordon on the street, while firefighters worked to isolate the gas and electricity to the property and clear spilled fuel from the roadway.  

“The scene has now been left with GMP and the crane operating company to arrange recovery of the crane. The occupants are being supported by the local authority to find temporary accommodation.”

A spokesperson for GMP said: "At approximately 10:31 this morning (Saturday, April 6) officers responded to an incident involving a crane crashing with a building on Flapper Fold Lane in Atherton causing a fire to break out.

"A 100 metre cordon is in place along Flapper Fold Lane."

Sergeant Luke Mclachlan, from GMP’s Wigan and Leigh District, added: “Officers are working alongside emergency services to investigate and clean up an incident involving a crane colliding with a residential building.

“Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, and enquiries are ongoing to find out how this happened.

“A scene is expected to remain in place until later today and we ask members of the public to please avoid the area.

“We would like to thank you for your patience while we respond to this incident.”