'Heroic' Manchester firefighters tackle Northern Quarter apartment block blaze

BREAKING: Massive fire rips through block of flats in Manchester city centre

In a chilling echo of the Grenfell Tower disaster, dramatic eyewitness footage shows raging flames engulfing the building and spreading rapidly to higher floors.

Fire crews tackled the blaze which broke out at an apartment building in central Manchester.

Police and firefighters have cleared a large area around the residential building, with 12 fire engines on the scene.

Update 8.19pm: GMFRS tweeted: "The fire had spread to multiple floors but we have things well under control here".

The businessman, who lives in Manchester's Northern Quarter, said the firefighters "controlled it well", adding the incident was "pretty scary".

Images posted 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".

Joiner Street and Church Street were closed as 12 fire appliances responded to the blaze, which affected around four properties.

One person suffered smoke inhalation following the incident in the United Kingdom city. The MP urged people to stay away from the scene so emergency services could get full access, although cordons are now in the process of being taken down.

"The fire is about half way up the building - it looks serious".

Aman Thakar, visiting Manchester, told the Guardian that the fire appeared to have been quickly brought under control.

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