BREAKING: Major Fire Tears Through Manchester's Chinatown
A huge fire has broken out in Manchester's beloved Chinatown this morning and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say they are still working hard with their team to resolve it.
They've tweeted to alert the public that Portland Street, Faulkner Street and Nicolas Street are closed and are imploring visitors and locals to avoid the area at all costs until it has been cleared and declared safe to enter - there remains concern about falling debris as well as the stability of affected buildings.
The cause is yet to be determined.
Firefighters tackle the incident from the corners of opposite buildings due to concern over falling debris. pic.twitter.com/kGz2cilPvr— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) November 25, 2016
Lots of appliances blocking Chinatown, Portland Street and Princess street in particular. Please find alternative routes. pic.twitter.com/eAzEkCVI1o— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) November 25, 2016
Here's some more footage from the Chinatown incident, the area is closed as we tackle the fire, please find alternative routes pic.twitter.com/yDDsc55Pi8— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) November 25, 2016
The fire in China Town, Manchester looks shocking. What the hell happened?— Beki Smith (@SlurpSocial) November 25, 2016
Major Fire in China Town Manchester city centre pic.twitter.com/yQfb28ipS9— john cooper (@john_cooper101) November 25, 2016