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Incident Date: 13 January 2015
FIREFIGHTERS have surrounded a fire that brought Albert Square, Manchester, to a standstill this afternoon.
Crews were called to the city centre at around midday after reports of flames and smoke coming from the roof of a building which housed a number of restaurants.They spent hours extinguishing the blaze and searching the building, to make sure the scene was safe and eventually started scaling the incident down at around 3.45pm.
Area Manager Warren Pickstone, who was Incident Commander, said: “Crews worked really hard to bring this incident under control. The fire had made its way into a vent so it was difficult to reach.
“Firefighters spent hours extinguishing it and thoroughly searching the building to ensure it had not spread anywhere else.
“We had to close off a number of roads for safety and access reasons but we are now scaling down the scene and helping the area get back to normal as soon as possible.
“I’d like to thank the public and businesses for all their patience and support.”
There are still a number of crews at the scene, damping down, and they are likely to remain throughout the evening. An investigation into the fire is now underway.
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FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a fire at a building in the centre of Manchester.
Around 60 firefighters have been called to Albert Square where flames and smoke can be seen coming from a building housing three restaurants.
The fire involves a kitchen of one restaurant – but because all the restaurants’ kitchens share the same duct for extraction, firefighters are having to carrying out extensive investigation to search for fire spread.
Station Manager Gary Jarvis, who is the incident commander, said: “We are doing a thorough search of the building to make sure nobody is inside and we are also trying to extinguish the fire which has reached the roof space.
“Because of the size of the building, we have quite a number of firefighters at the scene - there are currently 10 fire engines at the scene. We also have firefighters tackling the fire from above, using an aerial appliance.
“It is a busy part of Manchester, as it’s at the heart of the city, but because we have quite a bit of smoke issuing from the roof, we would encourage people to avoid the area if possible and to keep their windows closed.”
There are a number of road closures to allow the Fire Service access and keep people safe.