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Firefighters tackle warehouse blaze in Manchester

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 23 January 2015

FIREFIGHTERS tackled a blaze at a large warehouse in Manchester after a fire broke out during the morning rush hour.

Crew from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to Derby Street in Cheetham Hill at 7.45am this morning (Friday, January 23, 2015) after reports of smoke coming from the three-storey commercial building. 

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At the height of the blaze, six fire engines and around 30 firefighters were on the scene but this was soon reduced to two fire engines.

The incident caused traffic disruption in the area but firefighters worked hard to bring the incident to a close as soon as possible and the affected roads were re-opened by late morning. 

When they arrived on the scene, firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to identify that the fire was affecting the ground and first floor.

They then had to break into the warehouse using special equipment and crew in breathing apparatus went in to tackle the fire using hose reels and a jet.

They also used the new Ultra High Pressure Lance to spray water into the building from outside by piercing a tiny hole through the wall.

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This rapidly reduced the temperatures inside and allowed firefighters to enter the building and fight the fire more safely.

The fire involved the electrical intake at the premises and caused lots of smoke.

Group Manager Ben Levy said: “Firefighters worked hard through thick black smoke and in difficult conditions to locate a locked room where the fire was suspected to be.

“They then used the Ultra High Pressure Lance to inject a fine water mist onto the fire to bring the temperatures down significantly.”

There were no reports of any injures as a result of the fire.               

You can watch a video of the new Ultra High Pressure Lance in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff-aMNX9oRI

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:38
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