THE restrictions on residents and businesses entering
homes and shops on Oldham Street in Manchester have been
Cordons were reduced to the immediate area surrounding the
burned out building at around 3pm on Friday, April 12.
Oldham Street is now closed between Warwick Street and
Houldsworth Street - which has meant better access for those who
live and work on the larger section that had been shut through the
night and into the following day.
Three crews have remained on the scene throughout the day and
specialist Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
officers have been at the building to help assess its safety and
begin an investigation into the cause of the blaze.
GMFRS' community safety staff are also on hand and have set up
their community vehicle as an information hub for residents and
workers - Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council
will also be there to help anyone needing support.
Station Manager Tony Bryan, who was Incident Commander
throughout the day, said: "Our firefighters continued working well
into the morning and early afternoon to dampen down small pockets
"The GMFRS Fire Investigation Team began their work and our
Urban Search and Rescue Team went in to try and stabilise the
building inside so that as thorough an investigation as possible
could take place.
"Obviously, this is causing huge disruption to those who live
and work in the Northern Quarter and we do not underestimate the
impact this is having on them and that is why we've set up the
community vehicle as a focal point for anyone wanting more
The remained closures are not expected to be lifted until late
afternoon on Saturday, April 13.
Building Control officers from Manchester City Council assessed
the building at 11am on Friday, April 12 but more work was needed
to establish whether the building can be saved or will have to be
The community vehicle will be on Oldham Street between 10am and
5pm on Saturday, April 13.
To see latest pictures from inside the building and inside the
scene, please go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/manchesterfire.