Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a block of flats in Manchester city centre.
@MENnewsdesk - fire currently in the apartments next to Afflecks Palace pic.twitter.com/UN9yhrlz0t
Twelve fire engines are tackling the blaze at the apartment block on Joiner Street in the Northern Quarter, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.
People in the area are being advised to keep doors and windows shut.
We have 12 fire engines tackling the blaze in the apartments on Joiner Street in the Northern Quarter. Please keep windows and door shut if you live locally and avoid the area if possible. More to follow...
December 30, 2017
We're currently tackling a fire on the 9th floor of a 12 storey building on Joiner Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Please avoid the area if possible and keep windows and doors shut if you live nearby.
December 30, 2017
Firefighters said they were tackling the blaze on the 9th floor of the 12 storey building.
One person has been taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.
Roads around the area have been sealed off by police and a number of buses have been diverted.
Church St & Tib St now CLOSED due to the ongoing serious Apartment block fire on Joiner St in the City Centre. Multiple Fire appliances & Police at the scene. Avoid the area! Lots of smoke and debris @MENnewsdesk @BBCRadioManc @KEY103NEWS pic.twitter.com/biVFh3kviG — Manc Traffic (@manctraffic) December 30, 2017
Footage shared on social media shows thick, black smoke billowing from the tower.
This one! @mercuremanchest on Piccadilly Gardens is available for anyone seeking some refuge and a warm brew from the affected apartments pic.twitter.com/ziFEh8RD74 — Matt Shiells-Jones (@MShiells_Jones) December 30, 2017
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