Service for killed firefighter

Firefighters in Manchester have been sweeping a burned-out shop with heat vision cameras to ensure every trace of fire is out. The blaze in the city's Northern Quarter killed one of their colleagues, Stephen Hunt, at the weekend.

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Police take no further action after fire arrests

The burned-out shop in Manchester's Northern Quarter Credit: ITV Granada Reports

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."

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