A severe blaze has devastated workers at an indoor Manchester market after firefighters battled to control the inferno today.
Four crews from Blackley and Philips Park stations were dispatched to Conran Street Market, Harpurhey, shortly before 6am.
But after tackling the fire, a number of stalls selling Christmas goods were destroyed.
Watch manager Paul Marston said: “When we arrived we were faced with smoke issuing through the roof of the market.
“The building was thick with black smoke, six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the building, and we fought the flames with three jets.
“The market was full of Christmas goods and decorations, books, socks and all sorts so there were lots of combustible materials and the flames were spreading across the ceiling and obviously were threatening to drop down and rip through all of the stalls.
“It was a really severe fire, but our crews did a good job of containing the seat of the fire to limit the seat of the blaze to just two stalls – but the rest of the market, around 25 stalls in total, were damaged by smoke.”
Fire crews will remain at the scene dampening down for a few hours, while an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.
One shopper said that the blaze was a tragic event that will affect a lot of families’.
Mum-of-two Rachel Lucy said: “It’s a devastating event that has ruined a lot of people’s stock and the chance for families to do their shopping locally.
“But crews were fantastic at trying to save as much as possible, I’m just really upset.”