Emergency services called the downtown building after reports of ‘people on the roof’

Emergency services were called to an apartment building in Manchester city center after reports of people seen standing on the roof. Firefighters were called to Great Ancoats Street at around 7.30pm this evening (Saturday April 9).

The Greater Manchester Fire Service confirmed they sent a number of crews to the scene and used a short extension ladder to help the operation. Local residents described seeing a major emergency response in the area.

Footage from the scene shows a police cruiser, four fire crews and a technical response unit parked outside the building. The nature of the incident has not been confirmed and it is not yet clear if anyone was injured.

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Firefighters and police appeared to leave the area around 8:30 p.m. after it was reportedly cleared. Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for further information.

Fire crews parked outside the building on Great Ancoats Street

A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: At approximately 7.30pm tonight (Saturday April 9), two fire engines from Central Manchester and Philips Park Fire Station along with Ashton’s Technical Response Unit were called to reports of people on the roof of a property in Great Ancoats Street, Manchester.”

“Crews arrived at the scene quickly. Firefighters using a short extension ladder are currently at the scene and have been present for approximately 20 minutes.”