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A fire service which lost one of its firefighters during a blaze at a city centre shop has closed the incident with an official ceremony.
Parts of Manchester that have been closed since the death of a firefighter during a blaze have now reopened. Stephen Hunt died in the fire at a hairdressers on Oldham Street.
Family and colleagues of Stephen Hunt, who was killed tackling a blaze in the Northern Quarter in Manchester, have returned to the scene to hold a minute silence.
The family, friends and colleagues of a firefighter who died in Manchester city centre have paid tribute to him in a ceremony.
A bell ringing service was held for Stephen Hunt to mark the end of the incident. The father of two died more than a week ago tackling a fire in the cities Northern Quarter.
Greater Manchester Police say that the investigation into the fire in the city centre which cost the life of firefighter Stephen Hunt will take some time to complete.
Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward as they continue to investigate a blaze in which a firefighter died. Stephen Hunt was killed tackling the blaze on Oldham Street at the weekend.
– Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, GMP
"We continue to work with our colleagues from the fire service to establish how the fire started. Specialist family liaison officers are supporting Stephen's family...Following the arrest of the two girls over the weekend more information has been gathered and taking this information into account ... we have decided to take no further action against the girls at this time. Consequently, we have cancelled their bail. This investigation is likely to be protracted... the cause of the fire is one aspect, others are the fire safety of the building and the actions of the fire service"
Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a fire fighter lost his life in a fire in Manchester. Stephen Hunt died fighting the blaze on Oldham Street last Saturday. Two 15-year-old girls were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and later bailed, their bail has now been cancelled.
Two teenage girls arrested over the death of a firefighter killed tackling a blaze at a city centre shop will face no further action, police said tonight.
Former soldier Stephen Hunt, 38, was part of a team responding to a fire at Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street, Manchester, when he and a colleague got into difficulties on Saturday.
Both were pulled from the building and taken to hospital but Mr Hunt was declared dead on arrival. The other firefighter was not critically injured.
Detectives questioned two 15-year-old girls who were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and later bailed to a date in September. Their bail has now been cancelled, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said in a statement.
The force added: "Following an assessment of the initial information gathered and the accounts the two girls have provided, a decision has been made to take no further action against them at this stage."
Firefighters in Manchester have been sweeping a burned-out shop with heat vision cameras overnight to ensure every trace of fire is out.
One of their colleagues, Stephen Hunt, died in the blaze on Saturday.
Engineers have been working to make the building safe.