A stretch of Chester Road leaving Manchester city centre remains closed as emergency services continue to deal with a fire in a neon sign shop. Fire appliances and police vehicles are blocking the road as they dampen the shell of the building. The air in surrounding areas is still filled with smoke
– Station Manager Mark Fairclough
We have three engines and an aerial appliance at the scene. The fire is surrounded and it's mostly out but we will be dealing with the aftermath for some time.
Firefighters have broken into a neighbouring property to try and stop the fire spreading and are tackling the blaze from the ground and an aerial appliance as it has consumed the ground, first and second floors of the building.
Motorists in Manchester are advised to find alternative routes after road closures were put in place while the fire brigade deal with a blaze. Traffic officers have now closed Chester Road, between Bridgewater Way and Mancunian Way, while emergency services deal with the scene.
Firefighters from Stretford, Hyde and Salford have been called to tackle the incident. Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue was the first television journalist at the scene.
Crews are dealing with a fire on the ground floor of a commercial building on Chester Road. It's believed to have been caused by a neon sign. Two appliances are attending and three are on the way. The emergency services received the first call at 08:30.