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UPDATED: Around 40 firefighters tackle blaze at former college building in Wigan

Borough: All boroughs

Incident Date: 26 March 2015

Update at 7.30pm - scroll down for photos

FIREFIGHTERS will be on the scene of a fire at a former college building in Wigan throughout the night.

Six fire engines, two aerial platforms and around 40 firefighters are tackling a blaze inside a three-storey building on Bridgeman Terrace.

Residents living nearby are advised to close their windows and doors as a precaution due to smoke and people are advised to avoid the area while crew deal with the incident.

Firefighters were called to the building – a former Wigan and Leigh College site – at 2.29pm on Thursday, March 26, 2015, following a number of reports to North West Fire Control.

Group Manager Steve Sheridan, who is Incident Commander at the scene, said: “Due to the fire being in the roof space and the building being derelict, the fire was difficult to locate and firefighters initially couldn’t get into the building so we had to get water onto the fire from above using the aerial platforms.

“We are working really hard to being the blaze under control and the strong winds are making conditions difficult for firefighters. The winds are also making the smoke travel but this should dissipate throughout the evening.

“In the meantime, I would ask people to stay away from the area, and if you live nearby please stay indoors with your windows and doors closed as a precaution.”

Crew are bringing water in from a distance to fight the fire so there will be hose lines in the road affecting traffic – motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Firefighters will be on the scene dealing with the incident into Friday morning.

The Salvation Army are also on the scene providing support and refreshments to the crew and officers.

ENDS

 

Release at 5.45pm

FIRE crew from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are tackling a fire at a derelict building in Wigan.

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Firefighters were called to the building in Bridgeman Terrace – a former Wigan and Leigh College site – at 2.29pm on Thursday, March 26, 2015, following a number of reports to North West Fire Control.

Residents living nearby, particularly in Kenyon Road, are advised to close their windows and doors as a precaution due to smoke and people are advised to avoid the area while crew deal with the incident.

Two crews were initially sent to the scene and they quickly requested support from further fire engines.

Bridgeman Terrace inside.jpg

At the height of the blaze a total of six fire engines plus two aerial platforms were fighting the fire.

Group Manager Ben Levy, who is at the scene, said: “What we’ve got is a well-developed fire in the top floor and roof space of a three-storey building.

“We are using an aerial platform to get water onto the building from above and firefighters have managed to create what we call a ‘fire break’ to stop the fire spreading any further.

“We are working really hard to being the blaze under control and the strong winds are making conditions difficult for firefighters.

“In the meantime we would ask people to stay away from the area, and if you live in the area, please stay indoors with your windows and doors closed as a precaution.”

Crew are bringing water in from a distance to fight the fire so there will be hose lines in the road affecting traffic – motorists are advised to avoid the area. 

ENDS

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:40
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