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Manchester apartment block fire ‘under control’

A fire in a 12-storey apartment building in central Manchester has spread to multiple floors but is now said to be "well under control".

Twelve fire crews were called to tackle the blaze on the upper floors of the building in Joiner Street, inside the city's Northern Quarter, just after 4pm.

The Ambulance Service sent a hazard area response unit and six ambulances.

The building is understood to have been safely evacuated but one person was taken to hospital – suffering the effects of inhaling smoke.

Structural damage is said to be minor though checks are still being carried out while Joiner Street and Church Street remain closed to traffic.

Images 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."

Onlookers are said to have cheered as the flames were slowly extinguished.

At 6.07pm, the Fire Service tweeted: "The fire had spread to multiple floors but we have things well under control here. Firefighters along with colleagues from the Police and Ambulance service have done an amazing job to tackle this difficult incident!"

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The fire had spread to multiple floors but we have things well under control here. Firefighters along with colleagues from the Police and Ambulance service have done an amazing job to tackle this difficult incident! More updates to follow… pic.twitter.com/lgBOPX54Hq

— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) December 30, 2017

Manchester Central MP, Lucy Powell, later tweeted: "I have spoken with the Manchester fire service. The #manchesterfire is under control and the building is being safely evacuated.

"Paramedics & others are at the scene to triage all those affected but no serious injuries known. Thank you our brilliant firefighters & paramedics."

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