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Firefighters battle through the night at incident on Red Bank Road

Borough: All

Incident Date: 03 October 2017

FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have worked through the night after a fire broke out at a commercial property in Manchester.

At 11.03pm on Monday, October 2, five fire engines from Manchester Central, Broughton and Hyde, as well as a technical response unit and a command support unit were called to a fire at a commercial property in Red Bank Road, Manchester.

Station Manager, Dave Wilson, from Manchester Central said: “Due to the prompt actions of fire crews, we were able to save around 90 per cent of this building, greatly reducing the damage the fire caused. When firefighters first arrived smoke was billowing out from the side of the building and flames were covering an area of approximately 25m by 30m across two floors.

“Firefighters initially used four breathing apparatus, two jets and a high pressure lance to quickly bring the fire under control. By 12.39am firefighters had made effective use of one hose reel, two breathing apparatus and two covering jets to greatly reduce the size of the fire with all the flames on the ground floor being extinguished.

“After another hour of defensive firefighting the fire was fully extinguished and the incident was scaled down, with all but one fire engine leaving the incident by 3am.”

Firefighters remain at the scene today (Tuesday, October 3), continuing to damp down, whilst liaising with the building owners to ensure the area is safe. Fire investigation officers from GMFRS and Greater Manchester Police are working together to identify the cause of the fire.

Last update: 03/10/2017 11:20:10
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