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Thirty firefighters tackle blaze in Levenshulme supermarket

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 29 September 2014

AROUND 30 firefighters spent the night tackling a fire in the roof of a supermarket in Levenshulme, Manchester.

Six fire engines and an aerial platform were sent to Tesco Metro in Stockport Road - at the junction with Alma Road - at 11.50pm on Sunday, September 28 after several reports of smoke and flames seen coming from the building.

When they arrived, firefighters were met with a well-developed fire in the roof space.

Whitehill Fire Station Watch Manager Eamonn Lyons, who was first on the scene, said: "There was a well-developed fire in the roof void of the building and quite a lot of smoke and flames coming from the roof.

"We had 10 firefighters in breathing apparatus who quickly extinguished the fire using jets.

"The aerial appliance was also used to get water onto the roof from above.

"Smoke has gone into the store and caused smoke damage but we managed to stop the fire spreading and contained the damage to around 20 per cent of the roof.

Stockport Road was closed until around 3am due to the number of appliances on the scene and Alma Road remains closed this morning (Monday, September 29.)

Two fire engines remained on the scene overnight and this morning - firefighters have been dampening down and stripping back the burnt roof timbers to ensure there are no further signs of fire.

An investigation is being carried out this morning to determine the cause of the fire but early indications are that it started accidentally.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:36
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