Detectives are treating a huge fire at a car showroom in Stockport as arson.

Loud bangs could be heard as the blaze tore through Guy Salmon Land Rover and Jaguar dealership in the early hours of this morning.

Police said they were called to Bailey Road, near the M60, shortly before 12.40am when it was reported by an officer on patrol.

A spokesman for GMP said: "Following initial enquiries, detectives are treating the incident as arson.

"A joint-investigation with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is underway.

"No arrests have been made."

Police believe there were no occupants on the site at the time of the fire, and there have been no reported injuries.

The aftermath of the fire

Dramatic pictures and video footage showed the forecourt ablaze as the flames spread between the cars and the building.

Smoke could be seen billowing across Stockport from afar as the fire took hold.

Eerie images taken in the aftermath of the fire showed a number of luxury cars had been completely destroyed.

The side of the building behind was charred with smoke.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service tweeted about the fire in the early hours of the morning, saying: "Our crews are currently dealing with a fire at an industrial estate on Bailey Road, Stockport.

"Local residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed.

"Please avoid the area while our crews respond to this incident."

They then tweeted an update saying: "Our crews have worked hard to bring this fire under control.

"At its height seven fire engines and a number of support vehicles were in attendance.

"Please continue to avoid the area as crews carry out damping down work."