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Incident Date: 21 July 2014
Updated 3pm on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
FIREFIGHTERS have now left Clarendon Street in Bolton after a fire broke out on the first floor of a derelict school building.
Assistant County Fire Officer Paul Argyle, Director of Emergency Response at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We were called to a derelict school building on Clarendon Street last night during a time that our whole-time firefighters were taking part in industrial action.
"Emergency Fire Crew (EFC) - who are available during periods of industrial action - arrived at the incident within minutes.
"When they arrived, the fire was already well developed and smoke was coming from both ends of the roof with slates and tiles falling off - making the building a dangerous environment.
"Crews in breathing apparatus tackled the fire using hose reels and main jets and as soon as the strike ended our regular firefighters took over the incident and remained on the scene throughout the night."
A GMFRS fire investigator has been to the incident and an exact cause of the fire cannot be confirmed.
The fire caused severe damage to the building.
Updated 10pm on Monday, July 21, 2014
FIREFIGHTERS are expected to remain throughout the night at a fire at a derelict school building in Bolton.
They have urged residents to stay away from the building, as it is unstable, and keep their doors and windows shut as there is still a lot of smoke in the area.
Crew were called to the former Clarendon Primary shortly after 6pm following reports of smoke and flames coming from the roof.
When they arrived, the fire was well developed, with smoke issuing from both ends of the roof and slates and tiles falling off.
At present there are around 25 firefighters at the scene along with two aerial appliances that are helping to put water on the fire from above.
Station Manager Phil Nelson said: "It's a large and complex building and firefighters are working hard to extinguish the fire.
"It's a three-storey building and it is unsafe. There is also smoke in the area and because it is a warm night it is lingering, so I'd encourage people to stay away and to keep their doors and windows shut."