All those buildings along Oldham Street need to be either modernised or replaced.Most of the upper floors are unused or even derelict.It is a shame what has happened to what used to be an excellent shopping street in the 30s/40s/50s.
Almost every building along the street are death traps.
Only related by profession.
On my first Watch everyone was an ex military something or other. It used to be a great job to help re-adjust from service life to civvy life and still have an immense adrenalin rush. I hope it was not his drills that let him down and prayers to his un-named BA team mate who I believe is still in hospital.
I walked past this just as it was breaking out. We'd parked in the NCP just next to Oldham Street. Manchester was pretty lively yesterday and I just assumed the smoke was from a street BBQ or something. As we went past the shop you could see it was quite serious, a bloke emerged from the building carrying a fire extinguisher.
It took about 15 mins for the first fire engine to arrive by which time the smoke was thick black and coming out of every window in the building. Plod were ******* useless, despite seeing two on horse back in the next street and a police van parked further down the road towards Piccadilly, they did nothing absolutely nothing to control the crowds who were starting to gather. The two on horses were actually moving away from the scene.
Anyway we fucked off, had lunch and went tranny spotting down Canal Street. By the time we got back to our car at 7ish, the fire was in full swing. 15 or 20 fire engines and loads of smoke covered fire fighters looking absolutely fucked. At this point you could see it was really quite serious and that the fire was winning.
Anyway my boy was pretty impressed by the fire engines. Sad to hear someone carked it. I'm not surprised to be honest, it looked ******* horrendous.
I read that he was caught in a sudden increase in temperature, so it sounds like a flashover. Poor bloke. May he rest in peace. Years ago, your ears were your temperature gauge, but Firefighters are covered completely and it's easy to get into trouble without realising it.
Don't know and can only assume so. Defensive firefighting wouldn't normally be compatible with committing crews - unless you thought you were on top of it and we're in transitional mode to knock it down. It's just so gutting for his families, the ones at home and at work.
Maybe the O.I.C thought that they could stop fire spread by a quick commitment? I'm sure all will be revealed at the inquest.
Right now I'd hate to be the guy that was in charge of the incident at the time when it all went wrong. It is one of those things when a decision has to be made and the O.I.C has to base this on the best information to hand at the time and they don't have the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.
The guys in Warwickshire waited years to be finally absolved of culpability from a case that should never have been brought against them.
Fire fighting is an inherently dangerous profession.
This just received. From the Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside and sent to all Fire Services in the UK.
Message from CFO Steve McGuirk. Greater Manchester FRS
It is with great sadness that I have to confirm the death of one of our colleagues, who has died while tackling a large fire in Manchester City Centre.
The Firefighter concerned (who can't yet be named because of next of kin issues) was part of the team responding to a blaze in Paul’s Hair World in Oldham Street.
It has been a particularly difficult incident due to the complex layout of the building and the amount of materials inside.
He got into difficulty inside the building at around 8.35pm, along with another Firefighter and both were pulled out by their colleagues before being taken to hospital.
His colleague remains in hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
We are devastated by the loss of one of our colleagues who has died in the line of duty. We never expect to lose a colleague in this way and it brings home the dangers that our firefighters put themselves in every day to keep the community safe. Obviously we are all in a state of shock and it is a very sad day for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and all our thoughts are with the fire-fighter’s family and friends.
Details of exactly what happened are unclear at this stage but will be investigated thoroughly and independently. We have asked our neighbouring Fire and Rescue Services ( Lancs and Merseyside) to immediately start an investigation into the incident and circumstances leading to this terrible tragedy. We are working alongside Greater Manchester Police to establish the cause of the fire. At this stage arson is not being ruled out.
The fire is still being dealt with and firefighters are expected to be there through the night and into Sunday. They are clearly devastated by the loss of their colleague and I pay tribute to their professionalism, courage and dedication - while in mourning they are continuing to keep the community safe.