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Bolton fire emergency responders commended by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue

The fire occurred in the evening on November 15. Credit: PA

Emergency responders who were some of the first on the scene of the Cube fire, in Bolton, have been commended for their actions on the night of the blaze.

Firefighters, Greater Manchester Police, Bolton Council and the University of Bolton have been praised for their "rapid response" and "excellence in the safe and orderly evacuation of the building and tackling of the fire".

Around 200 firefighters were involved in tackling the fire at the university accommodation block on November 15.

The fire ripped through the 6-storey building. Credit: GMFRS

In total 56 people have been recognised for their roles in dealing with the incident by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

One of the people recognised with North West Fire Control operator, Tracey Brindley, who answered a 999 call and gave "vital advice" to a woman trapped on the sixth floor.

Staff from the University and Council were praised for working through the night to support students who had lost their homes and possessions in the fire.

Credit: PA

Chief Fire Officer Jim Wallace said: "The support and teamwork that was evident during and after the incident are prime examples of the high standards and professionalism we have within the city-region.

"I was proud to see that this collaboration was also showcased nationally."

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: "On behalf of the whole town I want to offer our thanks to those brave men and women who risked their lives that night in order to save others.

"We saw the fire unfold first hand and witnessed the sheer bravery of all the firefighters. The University really stepped up and I must pay tribute to the young ambassadors who physically went door to door that night evacuating the block."

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