Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has issued a full update on the student accomodation fire in Bolton:
Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene of the fire at The Cube building on Bradshawgate for the next few days.
As of Saturday evening (November 16), there were four fire appliances and two aerial platforms on the scene and this is expected to reduce overnight.
Everyone that was registered to the building was accounted for on Saturday afternoon.
It is not yet known when the students will be able to get back into their homes but work is ongoing to assess the safety of the building and access will be reviewed on Monday (November 18.)
In the meantime, the University has short, medium and long-term plans in place to support and accommodate students. Catering provisions and accommodation is in place for all evacuated students. If students need any information about the support available please call 01204 903733.
A GMFRS spokesperson said: “We’re pleased to say that contact has been made with the 220 residents that were registered to the building.
“Once again I want to thank all our partners for their continued support and in particular the firefighters who responded swiftly and immediately evacuated the building and rescued two people.
“Understandably people in high-rise buildings will be worried about the safety so we have advice on our website for Greater Manchester residents living in high-rise buildings. Our advice is to find out the evacuation strategy for their building, which should be clearly displayed in the building – if it isn’t then you should contact your landlord or managing agent.”
An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the fire and the affect cladding had on the fire spread.
Further information and advice can be found at www.manchesterfire.gov.uk
They have also added a donation page for anyone who wants to help everyone who lost everything they have in the fire.
The official Just Giving page is being managed by Forever Manchester as part of the Greater Manchester Disaster Relief Fund: www.justgiving.com/campaign/BoltonStudentFlatsFireAppeal