Central Manchester – police appeal to homeless community


A large fire in Manchester’s Chinatown has resulted in the deaths of two people found in the building, detectives have confirmed.

The origin of the fire is unknown, and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are carrying out a joint investigation together with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) . They are currently appealing to the homeless community to provide any information they may have about the the cause of the devastating incident.


The fire began in Nicholas Street about 2:15am on Friday and took several hours to bring under control, affecting commuter traffic well into the next morning, with closed roads and diversions.

Figures released by GMFRS show an increase of 140% in all rescues over the last 12 months, alongside an extremely worrying threefold increase in fire deaths.

Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is an integral component of the three components of structural fire protection and fire safety in a building. PFP attempts to contain fires or slow the spread, through use of fire-resistant walls, floors, and doors (amongst other examples).

For further information on the polymeric materials that can be used to increase passive fire safety both on the ground and above it  register for the FRPM 2017 conference, taking place 3-6 July, 2017 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. You can view the full conference breakdown here.

If you would like to present your own research on this topic, please download an abstract template here, and submit it here.