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Watch students run from flames as fire breaks out at high-rise flats

A fire swept through a section of high-rise student flats in the city centre last night.

Five fire engines were called to the Unite Students Parkway Gate halls, on Chester Street, after a storeroom went up in flames.

Students were being evacuated from the building as fire crews arrived at the scene just after 10.30pm.

The fire was on the ground floor of the 17-storey building.

A video shared online shows part of the building engulfed by orange flames, as students can be seen running away from the building.

One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said there was a strong smell of smoke in the building.

He said:

As I got to the bottom of the building there was thick smoke. I got to the front door, the side of the storage area is next to it.

“You had to run out past it and turn left.”

– Student

Twenty five firefighters from Moss Side, Salford, Manchester Central used an aerial platform, hose reels and two jets to bring the fire under control.

They also searched the flats to check nobody was left inside.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters used thermal imaging scanners to check there were no signs the fire had spread.

The ambulance service assessed students as they returned to their flats to check if anybody was suffering from smoke inhalation, and there were no reports of any injuries.

Firefighters cordoned off the damaged storeroom and a team will be returning later today to investigate what caused the blaze.

Crews were at the scene for three hours.

Station Manager Steve Forster, who was in charge of the incident, said:

When the initial crews arrived on the scene they did a great job in tackling the fire using jets and a hose reel and their swift response stopped the fire from spreading.”

– Station Manager Steve Forster

Shortly before 10.45pm yesterday, Monday 16 October 2017, police were called to reports of a fire at Parkway Gate on Chester Road in the city centre.

The fire service attended and the fire has since been extinguished.

No-one was injured in the fire which is being treated as a suspected arson.

A joint investigation has been launched with GMFRS and enquires are ongoing.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 2376 of Monday 16 October 2017, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– Police statement