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50 firefighters tackle fire at former Salford student 'digs'

Borough: Salford

Incident Date: 10 July 2016

MORE than 50 firefighters are currently tackling a huge blaze at a two story former student accommodation building in Salford.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to Castle Irwell in Cromwell Road, Salford, just before 8.30pm tonight when smoke could be seen coming from a second floor window.

Just moments later smoke plumed across Salford and could be seen from across the city as firefighters raced to the scene.

The first crew in attendance immediately called for more firefighters and five fire engines raced to the two storey building, which is estimated to be about 50metres long. Senior fire officers sectorised the building and three jets of water were immediately aimed onto the flames.

But a spokesperson for the Service explained: “The building is well alight with seats of fire throughout the two-storey premises. A total of 10 fire engines are now at the scene with more than 50 firefighters tackling the blaze. The team on site includes specialist technical rescue firefighters and crew operating a hydraulic platform vehicle – similar to a ‘cherry picker’ – which enables us to jet water into the building from above the roof.”

Residents in Salford have posted updates to social media showing the building on fire and also the work of firefighters trying to put the blaze out.

It is not believed that anyone is inside the building or that anyone has been injured from the fire. Cromwell Road is currently closed to traffic and pedestrians whilst the incident is brought under control. The nearby River Irwell is being used as a water source.

For updates from the scene please follow @manchesterfire on Twitter.

ENDS

 

Last update: 10/07/2016 22:12:49
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