Chinatown Fire engulfs Manchester skyline

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The skies over Manchester’s China Town where engulfed in smoke yesterday as fire fighters tackled a blaze that illuminated the famous gateway at the peak of the blaze. Roads around the fire where blocked by the mass of fire engines that were sent to tackle the blaze. The fire begun around 2.15 am and went on until 6 am which meant roads remained closed into the early hours of the morning.

Two bodies were found on the first floor of the empty building it has been thought that the bodies where of rough sleepers that took shelter in the building seen as the derelict building hasn’t had any occupants. Efforts are being made to identify the bodies, this is such a devastating circumstance and investigations are being made to ensure no one else was in the building.

Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin, from GMP’s city centre team, said: “These are tragic circumstances and we working to identify the people who were found in the building.

“A joint investigation with GMFRS is in its early stages and we will be carrying out a number of enquiries to establish how this fire started.

“I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to please call us.

The blaze was so fierce it caused firefighters to keep back from the multi storey commercial building due to falling debris. The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service contained the 4-hour blaze in the early morning but Portland street, Princess Street and Faulkner Street remained closed and anyway travelling around these areas were encouraged to take alternative routes.