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Incident Date: 28 October 2016
Friday, 28 October 2016
Building fire – Manchester
At 1.46am on Friday (Oct 28) we were called to a fire in Advent Way, Manchester.
This was a fire involving three motor vehicles in a covered car park, located next to a residential property of seven floors.
The fire had spread to the external cladding of the entire property and smoke had started to travel into the inside of the property and apartments.
More than 40 firefighters, including seven fire engines and specialist units, were in attendance at the height of the fire in the early hours.
A dozen firefighters wearing breathing apparatus carried out extensive searches of the property, which is made up of about 30 flats, and evacuated the apartments safely.
All residents are accounted for and no injuries have been reported.
Hose reels and jets were used to quickly extinguish the fire involving the vehicles and cladding.
Group Manager Paul Etches, incident commander, said: “Firefighters have worked well to contain the fire damage predominately to the external cladding of the building and safely and calmly evacuate the residential block.
“Specialist teams have started to remove the cladding and will return in daylight hours to continue.
“At about 5.30am this morning we have started to scale down the incident and two fire engines will now remain in attendance throughout the morning and will use thermal imaging cameras to dampen down and identify hotspots.
“We would like to say thank you to the building management for their fantastic cooperation and to the residents who have been brilliant here this morning.”
Smoke damage has been caused to a number of the properties. Residents have worked with building management and taken shelter in a hotel. They are to remain away from the property until at the earliest midday, at which point the situation will be reviewed.
Fire investigators with police will now conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire.