Fire breaks out at Bolton student flats block


Bolton fire

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Neil Hart

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The fire in the Bradshawgate area of the town started at about 20:50 GMT

A huge fire has broken out at a university student accommodation block in Bolton.

Police have closed a number of roads around Bradshawgate in the town and have asked people to avoid the area.

Crowds of students have been evacuated from the building. It is not known if there are any injuries.

Great Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it was called at about 20:50 GMT and 20 engines were currently at the scene.

Videos posted on social media show debris falling from the building.

Images show firefighters tackling flames coming out of the windows on the top floors of the building.

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Police have closed a number of roads

One student tweeted to say she had to leave her belongings “but the main thing is I’m out and I’m safe”.

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Nicky Nelson

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Twenty fire engines have been sent to the scene


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