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Incident Date: 15 June 2015
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AROUND 50 firefighters continue to tackle a blaze at a five storey block of flats in Wigan more than 24 hours after it set alight.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have six fire engines, two aerial platforms and a number of specialist vehicles at the scene of the Wharfside flats in Heritage Way this morning.
Crew have been actively fighting the fire in the high-rise block through the night.
The fire broke out yesterday just before 4am and the first firefighters arrived to find a flat on the top floor well alight.
The nature of the wooden-framed building meant the flames quickly spread and people living in 120 flats in the block were evacuated.
At its height yesterday more than 100 firefighters, including crew from neighbouring Lancashire and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services, were mobilised to fight the huge fire.
Flames and plumes of smoke could be seen above the town centre from many miles away.
Incident commanders at the scene withdrew firefighters from the building because the damage to it was so severe it was deemed unsafe and in danger of total collapse.
Residents were told that some of them may not be able to enter their homes ever again and a group of the worst affected were taken to a nearby hotel for the night where they received assistance from the British Red Cross. Dozens of other found themselves staying with friends and family in the knowledge that their home and possessions had perished.
Group Manager, incident commander at the scene overnight, said: “This remains a difficult and complex fire and we do not yet have it surrounded or under control. We have worked immensely hard through the night in difficult conditions but we aren’t on top of it yet.
“It is desperately sad for the residents and our thoughts are with them as they watch their homes and all their belongings burn for such a prolonged period of time. We are really trying our best to bring this to a conclusion as soon as possible.”