MORE than a hundred people were evacuated following a huge blaze at a block of apartments in Lancashire.
Residents in 120 flats at Wharfside, near Wigan Pier, which runs alongside the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, were awoken by the fire alarm sounding and were immediately evacuated.
Emergency planning officers from Wigan Council were at the scene and organised for The Mill at the Pier, which is immediately next door to the flats, to be opened as a rescue centre.
A spokesman from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that no-one was injured during the blaze.
Crews from across the borough were called to the scene off Heritage Way just before 4am on Sunday when flats on the upper floor of the block were discovered to be on fire.
The incident quickly escalated and there are now 15 fire engines and 100 firefighters at the scene including crews from neighbouring Cheshire and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services.
Area Manager Warren Pickstone, who is in charge of the incident, said: “We are working extremely hard to bring this fire under control. We have more than 100 people here at the scene and they are tackling the fire from inside the building wearing breathing apparatus, from outside on an aerial platform and from the roof where they are cutting away sections to get better access to the building
“The building itself is built using lots of timber and is complex in its design. We are using our new firefighting capabilities including the Ultra-High Pressure Lance technology. Our primary aim is to stop this fire from spreading.”
Officers from Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service are also in attendance. No-one is hurt.
Manchester Fire tweeted: “The incident in Wharfside flats, in Wigan is large scale but has NOT been officially declared as a ‘major incident’ by emergency services.”