UPDATE: Apartment block fire spreading quickly in Manchester Northern Quarter

UPDATE:

The fire us still being tackled by firefighters with one casualty taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. It appears to be under control.

Breaking News: Reports are emerging of a rapidly spreading fire in an apartment block in the Northern Quarter of  Manchester city centre this evening.

Images and video footage of the scene show flames pouring from a building.

Church Street has been sealed off eastbound between High Street and Tib Street’s junction with Dale Street.

Several apartments appear to be ablaze:

The blaze appears to have broken out on the ninth floor of a 20 storey apartment block near to Manchester’s Afflecks Palace market.

Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are on the scene now and say they are “currently tackling a fire on the 9th floor of a 12 storey building on Joiner Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.”

This month Conservatives admitted not a penny of the extra money promised to councils for essential safety work on tower blocks after the Grenfell disaster has been paid out.

Housing Minister Alok Sharma confessed in a barely reported written statement that six months on from the blaze that claimed 71 lives, no extra fire safety funds had been provided despite 36 councils asking the Government for fund stop carry out work on tower blocks.

UPDATE: 

Amazing footage: Manchester fire and rescue service praised for stopping fire spread across city centre tower block

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