Watch as huge fire tears through Manchester building

A huge fire was seen tearing through a partially built block of flats in Manchester on Sunday evening, leading nearby homes to be evacuated.

The fire is now said to be under control, but witnesses described being able to feel the scorching heat from the blaze as it torched the top floors of the timber-framed high-rise and belched smoke into the sky above Gorton. As well as homes being evacuated, nearby roads were also closed.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said it sent five fire engines to the construction site on Pottery Lane at 8.05pm after receiving "in excess of 40´´ calls from concerned locals.

The fire in the distance in Manchester
The fire could be seen from miles around and witnesses posted images of it on social media (Ronny Andersson/PA)

Matthew Thomas, 43, witnessed the blaze and said: "You could really feel the heat - it was absolutely massive. I've never seen anything like it."

The fire service said at around midnight the fire had been contained, but crews would remain at the site to damp down the wreckage. Fortunately there were no reports of any injuries.

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