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Firefighters tackle major fire at former student halls

Ten fire engines were called to Cromwell Road Credit: Leah Dean

More than 50 firefighters have been tackling a fire at former student accommodation in Salford.

Ten fire engines were at Castle Irwell on Cromwell Road overnight trying to contain it. Nobody is thought to have been inside the building.

Smoke from the fire at Castle Irwell student village Credit: Michael Worrall


Firefighters tackling fire at Pendleton College, Manchester

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are tackling a fire that broke out at Pendleton College in Salford.

The fire is believed to involve a classroom on the second floor of the college. Firefighters have been sent in wearing breathing apparatus.

Traffic controls are also being put in place in the area. The Fire Service are urging people to stay away from Dronfield Road in Salford.

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Inquest into death of Stephen Hunt told thick smoke caused firefighters to become trapped

Stephen Hunt died after he was pulled from a blazing shop in 2013 Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

The inquest into the death of firefighter Stephen Hunt was told how he and a fellow firefighter lost their way inside a burning shop in Manchester.

The 38-year-old former soldier died after being pulled from a blaze at Paul's Hair World on Oldham Road in 2013.

The jury heard that Hunt had entered the building with his colleague Jeremy Jones, both wearing breathing gear, but the smoke was too thick for the men to see and they became trapped.

Hunt was found collapsed inside the building 40 minutes after he entered and died later in hospital.

Man left homeless after flat fire sparked by candle

A man has been left homeless just days before Christmas after a fire caused by a candle placed on top of a TV. The 44-year old who'd been celebrating his birthday fell asleep at his flat in Bolton and woke up to the sound of his smoke alarm going off, fire crews were called to the property on Haydock Street at just before 5am.

The man was celebrating his birthday and had placed a tea-light candle on top of the TV and then fallen asleep. The candle melted and burned through TV and set fire to the curtains. Luckily the man was woken by a smoke alarm and managed to escape but the fire caused considerable damage to the bedroom and the man will have to be rehomed.”

– Watch Manager Karsten Boyle

It’s the latest in a series of candle related fires in Greater Manchester over the past few weeks. Yesterday two people were taken to hospital after a candle caused a fire at a flat in Hyde. A week ago two people were left homeless after a candle fire in Moss Side which destroyed the roof of two terraced properties. On the morning of Sunday, December 7, three people suffered smoke inhalation after a candle fire in Shaw.

Manchester fire fighters to strike before bonfire night

Manchester Fire crews are to strike for four days in the run up to Bonfire Night. Credit: PA

Manchester Fire crews are to strike for four days in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Manchester Evening News reports that fire crews will walk out at 6pm on October 31 and not return until 6pm on November 4.

The move comes after a three-year dispute over pensions.

Firefighters are incandescent following two months of negotiations which have led to no new proposals.

Firefighters will not stand by and see our members’ pension rights destroyed by a government which does not give a damn about the safety or wellbeing of firefighters or the long term.

– Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary
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