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    INCIDENT: FIRE DESTROYS NEW BUILD FLATS

    Video shows dramatic effect of fire during construction

    It has been reported by the Manchester Evening News (MEN) and others that fire has destroyed a block of partially built flats in Gorton, Manchester on Sunday 16th October forcing the evacuation of nearby homes.

    Witnesses told MEN that they were able feel the “scorching heat from the blaze” which destroyed the timber-framed structure generating smoke and flames into the sky above Gorton. There were no reports of any injuries.

    Fire spread quite quickly

    Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) deployed five fire engines to the site as local roads were closed and nearby houses evacuated.

    A witness told the Press Association:

    “We pulled up by the traffic lights and then we saw this huge fire – I didn’t know whether to stop or just carry on and get out the way. You could really feel the heat – it was absolutely massive. I’ve never seen anything like it.

    It is a new build so I don’t think anyone was actually living there, so in terms of stuff in the flat there probably wasn’t much in there.  It was really quite intense but burnt through quite quickly.”

    Incident Commander Ben Levy said:

    “Given the fact it’s timber-framed and open to the elements the fire spread quite quickly.”

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