Bail cancelled after fireman's death

Police have cancelled the bail on two teenage girls arrested in connection with the death of firefighter Stephen Hunt, who was killed tackling a blaze in Manchester city centre. They say no further action will be taken against them at this time.

Bail cancelled on teens arrested over fireman's death

Police have cancelled the bail on two teenage girls arrested in connection with the death of firefighter Stephen Hunt, who was killed tackling a blaze in Manchester city centre.

Mr Hunt, 38, was part of a team tackling the fire on the city's Oldham Street when he and a colleague got into trouble. Both were rescued, but the father-of-two later died in hospital.

A spokesperson from Greater Manchester Police said: "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 time."

Tributes to firefighter killed in Manchester blaze

The family of the firefighter killed tackling a blaze in Manchester last night say he was "an old fashioned gentleman who lived to serve his country".

Stephen Hunt, 38, was part of a team tackling the fire on the city's Oldham Street when he and a colleague got into trouble. Both were rescued, but the father of two later died in hospital.

Two 15-year-old girls arrested earlier on suspicion of manslaughter have been released on bail. ITV News reporter Ben Chapman reports.

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Fire chief: 'Too early' to say what killed fireman

A Manchester fire chief said it was "too early" to say what led to firefighter Stephen Hunt's death as he tackled a blaze in the city yesterday.

Steve McGuirk, county fire officer for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said:

It doesn't look like a building collapse or that he fell through any floors. The early indications are an absolutely massive, ferocious and sudden build up of heat.

But where that came from and what caused that we have got absolutely no idea at this stage. That's really the purpose of the investigation that we are now engaged in.

– Steve McGuirk

Fireman family pay tribute to 'old-fashioned gentleman'

The family of firefighter Stephen Hunt, who was killed tackling a blaze in central Manchester yesterday, have paid tribute to him:

It is extremely hard to capture all of what Stephen means to our family. Stephen was an old-fashioned gentleman with manners that are rare in this day and age. With core values which included loving his family, being the best father that he could be, loving and affectionate to those that were close to him.

Stephen lived to serve his country having served for seven years in the Royal Signals and then becoming a firefighter, which was a career that he was very proud of.

The whole family will miss spending time with Stephen none more so than his son, daughter and grandmother. We loved his sense of humour and are very proud of him and what he brought to our lives.

– Tribute from Stephen Hunt's family

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8 fire crews remain in city centre as fire still smoulders

Eight fire crews remain in Manchester City Centre at the scene of a fire which tragically claimed the life of a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) firefighter.

The fire is still smouldering but crews have brought it under control and two aerial platforms, jets and ground monitors are being used to get plenty of water onto the building.

Parts of Tib Street and Oldham Street are closed off and roads in the area remain closed.

Two girls aged 15 arrested on suspicion of manslaughter

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: "A joint investigation into the cause of the fire is underway and two 15-year-old girls have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter".

We are working with our colleagues from the fire service to establish how this fire, which has tragically claimed the life of a fire fighter, started.

We have already arrested two juveniles in connection with the fire and our enquiries are continuing.

If anyone has any information about how the fire started please get in touch.

– Detective Superintendent Phil Owen
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