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Six crews tackle fire in disused building in Hanley centre

A city centre road remains closed after Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a large fire in a disused building.

“The incident is now under control and crews are putting out the remainder of the fire. We will be scaling back the firefighting operation and will be working with colleagues from Staffordshire Police on the fire investigation."

Director of Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj

Firefighters were called to a fire at the former Coral building on Old Hall Street, Hanley at 4.13am this morning (Tuesday August 1).

At the height of the incident six appliances were in attendance and crews used two breathing apparatus and a main jet to extinguish the fire in the disused building near the bus station.

Director of Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj, who attended the incident as a Tactical Advisor, said: “The incident is now under control and crews are putting out the remainder of the fire. We are now scaling back the firefighting operation and will be working with colleagues from Staffordshire Police on the fire investigation.

“Unfortunately during the incident one of our firefighters from Newcastle was injured, when the floor gave way in the building. He was taken to hospital and was assessed before being discharged a couple of hours later, with just minor injuries. We wish him a speedy recovery and will ensure he has the necessary support to recover from the incident.

“Firefighting is an inherently dangerous job, fortunately though injuries are rare due to the amount of training firefighters do and the protective equipment that they wear. A full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident will take place, so that any learning can be shared.”