Mother and five-month-old baby trapped in burning bakery blaze as firefighters tackle Manchester city centre inferno

By Dean Wilkins

A mother and her five-month-old baby are trapped in a burning blaze above a Manchester bakery as firefighters are battling to rescue the pair.

Emergency crews are battling the blaze in Manchester city centre at a flat on St James Street near to its junction with Princess Street.

The woman called the fire service after noticing smoke pouring into her flat at around 7.30am and she is now trapped in the Yang Sing Chinese bakery while the burning inferno is dealt with.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “The woman said that she was in a flat above the bakery with a five-month-old baby.

“Four firefighters in breathing apparatus are tackling the blaze with a jet while other firefighters are evacuating residents from the other floors.”

Many residents have been evacuated from nearby buildings and traffic on one of the major routes through the city centre is disrupted as a result of the fire.

Teams of six firefighters in breathing apparatus are tackling the fire with jets and hose reels.

Station Manager Ben Levy said: “It’s a fire involving the storage area and bin compound at the back of a bakery which is in the ground floor of a four-storey building.

“The building is multi-use – there’s a restaurant, the bakery and residential properties in the floors above.

“The fire is contained to the rear of the bakery and we’ve evacuated residents, leading them to safety, from the three floors above and we’ve gained access to further properties to check everyone is safe.

“We’ve got four engines here and some specialist support in the Operational Support Unit from Hyde.”

Crews from Manchester Central, Salford, Philips Park and Hyde went out to the incident in the China Town area of the city.

FIRE: Manchester city centre bakery blaze tackled by emergency crews

Pictures courtesy of @Mcrtaxitours, @ManchesterFire

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