Saturday, 30 December 2017

The public is being urged to steer clear of a fire that has broken out in a 12-storey apartment building in central Manchester

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-At least one person has been taken to hospital as firefighters tackle a blaze in a 12-storey building in the Northern Quarter.

-There are 12 fire crews fighting the flames on the upper floors of the building in Joiner Street, which is inside the city's Northern Quarter.

-Images posted on social media showed smoke billowing out of the building at the height of the fire, with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service telling people to "keep windows and doors shut if you live nearby."

The City's Ambulance Service has a hazard area response unit and six ambulances attending.

One person has been taken to hospital. The casualty's condition is not known at this stage.

While witnesses outside reported that the visible flames appeared to have been doused, firefighters said the crews were still tackling the fire inside the building - understood to be an apartment hotel complex.

Joiner Street and Church Street are closed to traffic.

Many of those taking to social media to tweet their concern said they had the emergency services in their thoughts.

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