A second fire in five months ravaged Manchester’s Midland Hotel yesterday as 150 people were evacuated following a basement blaze.
Firefighters were called to the four star hotel shortly before 8pm when the automatic smoke alarm system identified a blaze in the laundry area of the lower ground.
An off-duty Yorkshire firefighter, who was a guest in the six-storey deluxe building, assisted Manchester crews by identifying the genuine fire and city centre teams were joined by their Salford colleagues to battle the blaze.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “The blaze in the laundry room at 7.51pm caused the automatic fire alarm to sound, which alerted a crew from Manchester Central Fire Station.
“Crews were helped by an off duty firefighter from Yorkshire, who was a guest at the hotel and rang 999 while they were on their way to confirm that there was a genuine fire and that there was smoke issuing from the six-storey hotel building.
“Two more fire engines from Manchester Central and Salford fire stations rushed to the Peter Street hotel.”
The fire, which involved an industrial sized washer drier, was limited to the basement laundry area and crews tackled the flames wearing breathing apparatus, before using a fan to disperse smoke.
Emergency crews checked the electrics before the 150 guests were allowed back into the hotel.
It is the second fire in the hotel’s laundry room after a ‘malicious’ arson attack was investigated by police in July.
The intense fire was started in the cleaner’s laundry room and discovered just after 1pm on Saturday July 21.
There were dozens of people in the building at the time and firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control – the storage area was significantly damaged.