Thursday 19 April 2018

Dozens of firefighters battle blaze in Manchester City centre

Credit: Manchester Fire
Credit: Manchester Fire
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Fire fighters struggled to get a large blaze in Manchester city centre under control this evening.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service asked members of the public to avoid Corporation Street and Hanover Street after a building went on fire at approximately 5pm.

Eight engines attended the scene and commuters experienced significant delays to and from the city as local traffic, trams and the surrounding roads were all affected.

Thick smoke can be seen billowing into the air in the video posted on the service's Twitter page.

Incident Commander Paul Etches Credit: Manchester Fire
Incident Commander Paul Etches Credit: Manchester Fire

The air unit responded to assist the ground crews in quenching the flames and North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust were thanked for their efforts.

However, there have been no reports of any injuries from the fire as yet.

Earlier Incident commander Paul Etches said firefighters are "making good progress" at the scene of the fire.

Later he told media at the scene that his crew had done a "fantastic job" in tackling the fire.

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