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Incident Date: 11 September 2014
GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) remains at Manchester Dogs' Home today (Friday, September 12, 2014) offering support, advice and reassurance to the community following a severe fire.
Volunteers and community safety staff have set up the GMFRS Community Event Vehicle in a nearby car park, on Whiteway Street, as a place for people to get information and advice.
It comes after firefighters battled difficult conditions to save 150 dogs after the fire broke out at the building just after 7pm on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Four crew attended the building in Moss Brook Road, Manchester, where they were faced with a rapidly developing fire involving one wing of the home.
Firefighters worked throughout the night to bring the fire under control and stop it spreading to the remainder of the building.
Working with the owners, the crew managed to rescue 150 animals while fighting the fire in three different sectors.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved 43 dogs are believed to have died as a result of the fire.
Station Manager Paul Duggan said: "Around 30 firefighters were called to tackle the fire that involved a complex building at the dogs home. Crew did a fantastic job in tackling the fire and rescued a number of dogs.
"We were also greeted by crowds of people at the scene wanting to help and as a result a number of drop-off centres have been put in place, including close by Christ Church and GMFRS' Community Event Vehicle is parked near to the home where people can leave donations. However, people are asked to use the Just Giving site set up if they want to give money."
Fire investigators are working with officers from Greater Manchester Police as investigations into the cause of the blaze continue.
The Just Giving page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/ManchesterDogsHomeMEN/