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Valentines Day's Burning Embers

15 February 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

Firefighters took some time to control a fire that brought Albert Square in Manchester to a standstill on Valentine's Day afternoon.

Crews were called to the city centre at around midday after reports of flames and smoke coming from the roof of a building which housed a number of restaurants. They spent hours extinguishing the blaze and searching the building, to make sure the scene was safe and eventually started scaling the incident down.

Area Manager Warren Pickstone, who was Incident Commander, said: “Crews worked really hard to bring this incident under control. The fire had made its way into a vent so it was difficult to reach. Firefighters spent hours extinguishing it and thoroughly searching the building to ensure it had not spread anywhere else.

“We had to close off a number of roads for safety and access reasons but stated helping the area get back to normal at around 3:45pm."

An investigation into the fire is now underway.


Police have released CCTV footage following a fire at a church in Salford

At 11.20pm on Sunday February 12, police were called by the fire service after a fire broke out at the Church of Ascension in Salford, Manchester.

An investigation has been launched and officers are treating the incident as arson. It is believed that the offenders have forced entry to the building and started a fire before fleeing the scene.

Officers have released CCTV footage which shows a male, possibly, a teenage boy, leaving the scene around the time the fire broke out, believed to be around 11:00pm.

Detective Sergeant Karl Dalton, of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: “We have a team of detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding this large-scale fire which has completely devastated a building at the heart of the community."


Fire in Oxford city centre

Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue service, South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police were called to a site on Feb 14 afternoon following reports of an explosion, a fire and the collapse of a property.

Two people were treated for minor injuries and one was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

A number of properties were evacuated as a safety measure and residents were assisted with accommodation through Oxfordshire County Council's Emergency Planning and social care teams and Oxford City Council.

Picture: A major fir affected Manchester city centre on the afternoon of February 14


Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 15 February 2017


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