MANCHESTER: Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a 12-storey building in Manchester.
Images posted on social media show smoke billowing out of the building on Joiner Street in the city’s Northern Quarter, while crowds of people watch on from below.
The fire is affecting the ninth floor of the building, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.
Members of the public have been urged to avoid the area.
The fire service tweeted: “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.”
Joiner Street and Church Street have been closed while emergency services deal with the fire, Greater Manchester Police tweeted.
The fire service tweeted: “We still have 12 fire appliances tackling the blaze in the Northern Quarter over a number of floors.
“Firefighting in still ongoing and one casualty has been taken to hospital suffer by smoke inhalation. Please avoid the area as roads are still shut.”