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Huge blaze engulfs partly built Gorton flats

The fire engulfed the construction Image copyright UK News Video
Image caption The top two floors of the high rise block in Gorton were well alight when the fire service arrived

A huge blaze has engulfed a partly built block of flats in Manchester.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said the top two floors of the high rise block in Gorton were well alight when it arrived at the scene on Sunday evening.

The fire quickly spread through the timber framed building, it said, and nearby homes were evacuated and roads closed.

GMFRS said no-one was hurt and was investigating the cause of the fire.

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Image caption GMFRS said no one was hurt in the incident
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Image caption The fire spread quickly in the timber framed construction

Five fire engines attended the blaze at its height.

Incident commander Ben Levy said the fire service received more than 40 calls about the blaze.

"The fire involved a large timber frame building and upon arrival our crews found the top two floors well alight.

"Given the fact it's timber framed and open to the elements the fire spread quite quickly."

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Image caption Nearby homes were evacuated

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