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Incident Date: 16 September 2014
FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to a fire in a derelict building in Tyldesley.
The alarm was raised at 9.04pm on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, when fire was seen in the three-storey building on Upper George Street.
Firefighters from Atherton, Leigh, Bolton and Farnworth attended the incident, using six breathing apparatus and three jets to bring the blaze under control.
Station Manager Neil Gaskell, who was in charge of the incident, said: "When firefighters arrived at Upper George Street they were greeted with a well-developed fire involving the first and second floors of the building.
"We got the job as a 'persons reported' which means there could have been someone inside.
"Wearing breathing apparatus firefighters were committed into the building and used three jets to quickly extinguish the fire and to prevent fire spreading to adjacent properties.
"Thankfully, no people were found in the building."
GMFRS worked closely with Greater Manchester Police and cordons were put in place resulting in roads around Upper George Street being closed for a while.
An investigation shows that the fire was started deliberately, most likely by youths.
SM Gaskell continued: "Arson is a criminal offence so those who decide to start fires can find themselves in trouble with the police, and also put themselves and others in danger."