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Incident Date: 19 February 2017
1100 Update on large fire in commercial units – Openshaw – February 19, 2017
INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AS SIX PEOPLE RESCUED FROM FIRE
A JOINT investigation has been launched after six people were rescued from a ferocious fire that spread across business units in Manchester today.
Specialist officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are working with Greater Manchester Police to find out how the fire in commercial premises off Louisa Street, Openshaw, began. No cause has been established yet.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to the scene at 12.25am and immediately mobilised more than 60 fire fighters in ten fire engines and two aerial platform vehicles to tackle the blaze.
Eight fire engines, about 40 firefighters and an aerial platform vehicle remain at the scene as well as specialist officers and vehicles.
The Service said five people were initially led to safety by crew as fire engulfed at least three units. A sixth man walked out of the building some hours later but appeared to be unhurt despite being inside the intense fire.
All six people were handed over into the care of paramedics from North West Ambulance Service, who were at the scene.
Incident Commander Carlos Meakin said: “We were called to the fire just after midnight and the first crew arrived and immediately called for more firefighters to be mobilised to the scene.
“Ten fire engines and two aerial platform vehicles raced to the scene and more than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze. Five people were led to safety from one of the units. A sixth man came out of the building later this morning.”
Huge amounts of smoke have covered the area throughout the day and firefighters in breathing apparatus are putting water onto the fire from above and the ground in a bid to put it out and ensure any hotspots are tackled within the building.
Residents in Openshaw are advised to keep out of the smoke as much as possible and ensure their doors and windows remain closed.
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Commercial unit fire – Openshaw – February 19, 2017
> Photographs from this fire can be found here.
FIREFIGHTERS are urging residents in Openshaw, in Manchester, to keep their doors and windows closed while they tackle a fire in a commercial unit.
Around 60 firefighters have been called to Ferris Street where flames and smoke have engulfed a building around 100m by 30m in size.
Group Manager Carlos Meakin, who is the incident commander, said: “We are using two aerial appliances, the Technical Response Unit, a hose layer and firefighters from across the region to tackle this severe fire. Crews are working hard – please help them by avoiding the area”.
GMFRS were alerted to the incident at 12.10am (Sunday, February 19). A fire investigation is underway, but there is no information on the cause at this stage,