Students Evacuated As Huge Blaze Hits Halls Of Residence In Bolton
A huge fire has broken out at student accommodation in Bolton.
Twenty-five fire engines were sent to the scene to tackle the blaze and roads in the surrounding area have been blocked, the BBC reports.
Shocking images shared on social media showed flames and plumes of smoke coming from the building.
Debris has been seen falling from the building and residents have been told to avoid the area.
Panicked residents have fled from the building, with eyewitnesses taking to social media describing it as a 'wall of fire' and 'completely up in flames'.
One eyewitness told the Manchester Evening News: "We could smell smoke and we thought it was just coming from the kitchen, then a couple of fire engines rocked up and then a few people were coming out of the building, and then a few more.
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"When we stepped out we could see the embers in the sky. We could see the building glowing at the top."
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service said in a statement: "At 20.29 on November 15, 2019, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at a 6-storey building on Bradshawgate, Bolton.
"There are 25 fire engines and two arial appliances currently at the scene and firefighters are tackling the blaze using multiple jets.
"Local residents are being asked to keep their windows and doors shut and avoid the area where possible."
Greater Manchester Police said: "We are currently dealing with an incident on Bradshawgate and have a number of road closures in place.
"Please avoid the area until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation."
As yet no casualties have been reported by officials.
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