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Salford fire: Firefighters tackle huge blaze at former Castle Irwell student halls

A large fire broke out at the former Castle Irwell student halls on Cromwell Road in Salford.

Flames and smoke from the fire could be seen over a mile away.

Watch video from the scene – by @LeahDean98

Eyewitnesses report being able to see the glow of the flames from the derelict building all the way up Broughton Road where it meets the A6 Broad Street.

Ryan Quinn via @JB280985/Twitter

Ryan Quinn via @JB280985/Twitter

Smoke pours down Cromwell Road - Lisa Allan/FB

Smoke pours down Cromwell Road – Lisa Allan/FB

As of 9.45pm on Sunday 10 July smoke was still pouring from the roof spaces.

Alison Tattersall

Alison Tattersall

Up to 11 fire appliances were dispatched to the scene as the scale of the fire became clear.

Greater Manchester Fire’s aerial platform was also called to the scene.

Fire crews are thought to be in the process of pumping water from the River Irwell to tackle the fire from a safe distance.

One SalfordOnline.com reader at the scene at 10pm on Sunday said: “The whole building is well alight.

“It’s not just the roof that’s on fire, it’s the joists as well.

“Both floors are completely covered in smoke. I can’t see the fire service leaving here tonight.”

A full road closure is in place on Cromwell Road with a heavy police presence.

The top floor of Castle Irwell was completely engulfed in smoke and flames.

Nigel Hawkins - @irwell_heathen

Nigel Hawkins – @irwell_heathen

Smoke drifts across The Cliff, Broughton - Karen Gibsey/FB

Smoke drifts across The Cliff, Broughton – Karen Gibsey/FB

Firefighters were last called to the two-storey building just 10 days ago.


Pictured: Firefighters tackle blaze at derelict Castle Irwell

The now-derelict building closed in June 2015 as Salford University student accommodation.

The land, and the playing fields adjoining the former halls are still owned by the university.

No-one is thought to have been injured in the fire.

Main image: @LeahDean98
Reporting from the scene by Sidshots/FB

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