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Incident Date: 13 September 2014
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called upon after a fire broke out in a Bolton shop.
Several calls were taken by operators at North West Fire Control from 11.08pm on Saturday, September 13, 2014, to report the fire on Halliwell Road.
Around 20 firefighters and officers from GMFRS went to the fire which involved a ground floor shop and flats above.
Station Manager Ben Levy, who was in charge of the incident, said: "When firefighters arrived at Halliwell Road they were greeted with a well-developed fire involving a ground-floor shop and the two flats above it.
"We got the job as a 'persons reported' which means there could have been someone inside. Additionally, the first crews in attendance were met by members of the public indicating that people were trapped.
"Wearing breathing apparatus firefighters were committed into the building in extreme heat and very thick smoke.
"The fire involved the entire ground floor shop and two flats above. Three further flats were heavily smoke logged and also needed to be searched. Thankfully, no people were found in the building and were later accounted for elsewhere.
"Hose reels were used by other firefighters to surround the fire and stop it from spreading further - they did a fantastic job and worked in very hot and arduous conditions."
GMFRS worked closely with Greater Manchester Police and cordons were put in place resulting in Halliwell Road being closed for a while.
The incident has been scaled down and as of 8am one crew remains in attendance. A specialist Fire Investigation Team from GMFRS is due to return to the scene of the blaze this morning.