LIVE: Road shut after blaze breaks out at derelict bar next to student accommodation – latest updates

A main road in Bolton town center remains shut this morning after a fire broke out at a derelict bar next to student accommodation.

The blaze broke out in the former McCauley’s Bar, on Bradshawgate, at around 6pm last night (Tuesday). Students living in The Cube accommodation next door were evacuated after a ‘significant’ amount of smoke had got into the block through the windows.

Pictures showed huge clouds of smoke covering the area as a large cordon was put in place in the town center. No-one was injured and students were expected to be able to return to their accommodation last night, the fire service said.

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This morning, Bradshawgate remains shut off between Silverwell Street and Great Moor Street. Some bus services are being diverted away from the scene.

In a tweet posted this morning, TfGM said: “ROAD CLOSURE. A575 Bradshawgate, Bolton. Remains closed in both directions after a building fire yesterday.

The scene on Bradshawgate

“Buses on diversion @arrivanorthwest @DiamondBusNW @StagecoachMCSL @VisionBus. Thanks to @manchesterfire for their work in keeping GM safe #TfGMTraffic.”

Students were let back into their accommodation at 10pm on Tuesday night, fire crews said, with the blaze contained to just a derelict building.

A GMFRS spokesman said in an update this morning: “The incident has been scaled back and one fire engine remains at the scene on Bradshaw Gate, in Bolton. Fire crews have been working overnight dampening down any remaining hot spots.

“Students evacuated from a nearby accommodation block returned to their apartments at approximately 10pm last night. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be working closely with Greater Manchester Police to carry out an investigation into the cause of the fire.”

Last night, GMFRS Area Manager Ben Levy said: “We were called to reports of a fire at a disused building on Bradshaw Gate, in Bolton. Firefighters swiftly entered the building to tackle the fire using ladders and high reach aerial platforms. A significant amount of smoke had entered nearby student accommodation via open windows.

“As a result, the block was evacuated safely and quickly with no reported injuries.”

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