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Incident Date: 24 November 2015
GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is working with partner agencies to establish the cause of a small fire in Manchester last night.
Two fire engines were called to reports of a suspected gas leak and smoke seen coming from a drain on Ringway Road at 10.39pm on Monday, November 24.
Firefighters and officers were on the scene throughout the night assessing the incident and are this morning liaising with Greater Manchester Police, National Grid and Electricity North West to determine exactly what has happened.
Around 25 homes were evacuated last night as a precaution but by the early hours most residents had been allowed to return to their properties.
Residents in two properties have not yet been allowed back into their homes and The Salvation Army catering unit, which supports GMFRS at incidents, is being requested to help provide support to those affected.
Electricity North West has cut the supply to around 100 homes and Ringway Road remains closed as investigations continue.
This morning a National Grid spokesman said: “There was a small fire on Ringway Road in Wythenshawe last night and the cause of it is still unknown. We are working with the fire service to establish the cause at the moment.
“We are also working to get one lane of Ringway Road, airport bound, open and ease the congestion in the area.
“The lanes are currently still closed. If people have flights to catch, they should leave as much time as possible to get to the airport, considering the delays at the moment.”