Pan of food left cooking unattended might have caused blaze at Northern Quarter apartment block
A pan of food left unattended may have caused a blaze which tore up the side of a 19-storey apartment block in Manchester city centre.
Firefighters were called to Joiner Street in the Northern Quarter just after 4pm on Saturday when flames erupted from a ninth floor balcony of The Lighthouse – the tallest residential block in the area.
The fire spread to several other balconies and surrounding floors but was quickly contained by heroic fire crews.
Investigators are still working to establish what caused the blaze.
The M.E.N understands that one line of inquiry is that food was left cooking unattended.
A brigade source said: “The cause of the fire is looking like a pan of food.”
The source added that the food may have been left unattended and a fire had then ‘taken a hold in the kitchen area and living area’.
Dramatic images and video footage showed flames leaping from the side of the building and firefighters were pictured high up tackling the blaze as smoke poured out.
Around four properties on the ninth floor were damaged as a result of the blaze.
Properties on the eight floor suffered smoke damage due to heat and floors ten and eleven were damaged externally.
No one was injured but a 23-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
It is understood that two other people were treated at the scene by ambulance crews.
At the height of the incident 12 fire appliances were at the scene.
Councillor Pat Karney, city centre spokesman, is due to hold and urgent meeting with the building’s owners tomorrow (Tuesday) . He said: “We plan to go through the entire fire operation thoroughly.”
The fire spread to other floors via wooden balconies and no cladding was involved, the fire service said.
A fire service spokesman said on Monday that the cause of the blaze was still under investigation.
The Lighthouse was completed in 2008, and is a mixed-use development that spans 19 floors in total with commercial units to the ground floor and 107 modern residential studio, one and two bedroom (including penthouse) apartments above.
It sits on an old Victorian building but above is a new modern skyscraper. The Lighthouse also shares the block with The Light ApartHotel who occupy the buildings lower floors.
The building is close to the Unicorn pub and 100 yards from Afflecks.