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One witness said the fire was “climbing up” the building

A huge fire has broken out at a university student accommodation block.

Crowds of students have been evacuated from the building in Bradshawgate in Bolton and police have urged people to avoid the area.

One witness said the fire was “climbing up” the building and “bubbling from the outside”.

Great Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said 25 fire engines had been at the scene since about 20:30 GMT. It is not known if there are any injuries.

A spokesperson said there were also two aerial appliances being used to tackle the fire at the six-storey block.

“Local residents are being asked to keep their windows and doors shut and avoid the area where possible,” they said.

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Police have closed a number of roads in the area

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Firefighters are using aerial appliances to tackle the blaze

Videos posted on social media show debris falling from the building and firefighters tackling flames coming out of the windows on the top floors.

One student tweeted to say she had to leave her belongings and added: “But the main thing is I’m out and I’m safe.”

Witness Ace Love, 35, said the fire “kept getting more intense, climbing up and to the right because the wind was blowing so hard”.

“We could see it bubbling from the outside and then being engulfed from the outside,” he added.

“A lot of students got out very fast, someone was very distressed, the rest were on phones calling for help.

“The fire got worse and worse, to the point where you could see through the beams, it was just bare frame.”

Greater Manchester Police said a number of road closures were in place.

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said 25 fire engines were at the scene



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