Blaze broke out at business college

04 Jul 2012

Manchester authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of a fire after a blaze wiped out the ground floor of an international business college in the city centre.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at the Global Vision building on Charles Street, before sending out a team of 40-plus firefighters. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was discovered at around midnight on Sunday but "well developed" flames had already demolished the ground floor.

The rest of the building's levels, spanning across five floors, were ruined by smoke. Officials confirmed no-one had been injured in the blaze.

In a statement, the fire service said: "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the building and searched all five floors while jets, hose reels and an aerial platform were used to extinguish the fire. The fire was brought under control in the early hours and crews remained on the scene overnight."

Those who witnessed the incident that night posted images of the fire on Twitter.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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