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Hundreds of students evacuated after chip pan fire in Manchester

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 22 January 2018

HUNDREDS of students were evacuated from an apartment complex in Manchester this evening after a chip pan fire.

Crew from Moss Side, Manchester Central and Salford fire stations were called to Manchester Student Village in Lower Chatham Street at 7.19pm on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

When they arrived, firefighters were faced with between 800 and 1,000 people who were being evacuated from the eight-storey building due to a fire in a shared kitchen on the second floor.

A chip pan had been left unattended and caught fire. The smoke alarms sounded and when one of the students went to investigate they opened the kitchen door to find flames and smoke.

They immediately closed the door, got out and called 999.

Watch Manager Paul Hesford, from Moss Side Fire Station, said: “One of the students had put a chip pan on and left it unattended. He’d gone out and forgotten about it.

“There were two others in the flat at the time – a man and a woman – and when the alarms sounded the man went to open the kitchen door and saw the fire.

“When we arrived staff were evacuating the students. One of the difficulties for us was that there were a lot of people coming out of the building but they did a really good job in getting everybody out.”

Crew in breathing apparatus went into the building and used a jet, positive pressure fan and thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.

The fire caused considerable damage to the kitchen and the rest of the flat was heavily smoke-logged, with slight smoke damage in the corridor.

Watch Manager Hesford added: “We do tend to get quite a few fires involving students and cooking so we’d advise people not to use chip pans and to make sure they have working smoke alarms that they check regularly.

“Thankfully there weren’t any injuries.” 

You can find lots of advice on cooking and kitchen fire safety on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website here

For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:37
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