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Incident Date: 25 November 2016
Incident update 8.30am Saturday November 26
One fire engine remains in Nicholas Street this morning where small pockets of fire have been discovered and extinguished overnight. We expect to be there for the remainder of the day at least.
Incident update 5pm
ONE fire engine and an aerial appliance remain in Nicholas Street this evening.
Firefighters are using a water jet to extinguish smouldering fire in the basement of the building.
Incident update 11.30am
FIREFIGHTERS continue to damp down at the incident in Nicholas Street and make the building safe for further searches and investigations.
Statement from Greater Manchester Police:
Two bodies have been discovered following a fire in the city centre.
Shortly after 2.15am this morning (Friday 25 November 2016) police were called to reports of a fire in a disused building on Nicholas Street.
Following a search by firefighters from GMFRS, the bodies of two people were sadly found.
Officers are currently at the scene and a joint investigation with the fire service has been launched to establish the cause.
Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin, from GMP’s city centre team, said: “These are tragic circumstances and we working to identify the men who were found in the building.
“A joint investigation with GMFRS is in its early stages and we will be carrying out a number of enquiries to establish how this fire started.
“I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to please call us.”
Information can be passed on to police by calling 101 and quoting incident number 146 of 25 November 2016 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Incident update 5.30am
FIREFIGHTERS have been working through the night to tackle a large fire in Chinatown, Manchester City Centre.
The multi-storey commercial building on Nicholas Street, began around 2.13am and is still being tackled by fire crews.
The large number of appliances blocking roads means closures to Portland Street, Princess Street, Faulkner Street and Chinatown.
Anyone travelling to the area is advised to find an alternate route and avoid if possible.
The blaze is now well contained to the building of origin and no further fire damage to other buildings is expected.
The fire, which at its peak lit up the iconic Chinatown Arch, has caused severe damage to the building. Firefighters are tackling the incident from a distance to avoid falling debris.
Group Manager Phil Nelson has said: “Crews are still working hard to extinguish the building, we’re using two aerial appliances which have worked well in containing the fire and preventing spread to other buildings. We’re working with police to see if we can get the road closures opened before the morning rush hour traffic”.
Further updates on the incident will be added to the website later in the morning.
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