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UPDATED: Firefighters tackle kitchen fire at Dukes 92 bar and restaurant

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 17 July 2014

Updated at 3.25pm

FIREFIGHTERS are due to leave Dukes 92 following a fire in the kitchen earlier today (Thursday, July 17).

Crews were called to the bar and restaurant in Castlefield, Manchester, at 11.25am after reports of the blaze.

The fire started accidentally and involved the chip range cooker in the kitchen which spread to the roof ducting.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus quickly brought the fire under control and managed to stop it spreading into the main bar and restaurant.

They used two jets, a hose reel and a foam extinguisher to tackle the fire and the aerial appliance was used to fight the fire from above.

Thermal imaging cameras were then used to check for further signs of fire spread and pockets of fire in the roof.

Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) Technical Response Unit were called because they have specialist training to work at height and extra cutting equipment on their fire engine.

Resources are now being scaled down and GMFRS is expected to leave the scene in the next hour.

Station Manager Phil Nelson, who was in charge of the incident, said: "Firefighters worked really hard to stop the fire spreading to the whole of the roof and the bar and restaurant.

"The damage was contained to the kitchen and roof with slight smoke damage to the other areas but we have been working with the owners to help them get back up and running as soon as possible and they hope to have the bar and barbecue open this evening.

"The owners are really pleased with the work we've done."

A number of people were evacuated but there were no injuries.

ENDS

Updated at 1.15pm

AROUND 20 firefighters are tackling a fire involving the kitchen of Dukes 92 in Castlefield, Manchester.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) received a call at 11.25am on Thursday, July 17, to reports of a fire involving the chip pan range.

The fire spread into the roof space but firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and managed to stop it spreading into the main bar and restaurant.

Four fire engines are currently at the scene along with an aerial appliance which is being used to fight the fire from above.

Station Manager Phil Nelson, who is in charge of the incident, said: "We are dealing with a fire involving the kitchen at Dukes 92 which has spread to the roof through the ducting.

"Crews have worked really hard to stop it spreading to the remainder of the roof and the bar and restaurant area.

"The fire is under control and we are now working on the roof to isolate any remaining pockets of fire.

"A number of people were evacuated before we arrived including the staff and we are working with the owners to look at business continuity going forward."

ENDS

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:34
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