Manchester Chinatown hit by fire
A large fire broke out in Manchester's Chinatown in the early hours.
The blaze began at about 02:15 GMT at a building on Nicholas Street and lit up the Chinatown arch at its peak, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said.
Many roads remain shut. It is not yet known if anybody was hurt in the fire.
The fire is now under control but the building has "severe damage" although "no further fire damage to other buildings is expected", a fire service spokesperson said.
Due to falling debris, firefighters were forced to keep back from the multi-storey commercial building.
Crews are not yet able to get inside the building but a fire investigation team is at the scene, a fire service spokesperson added.
Roads were blocked by the fleet of fire engines sent to tackle the flames which illuminated Chinatown's decorative gateway at the peak of the blaze.
Bus services have also been affected.
Stagecoach and First Manchester are currently unable to serve Piccadilly Gardens, Transport for Greater Manchester said.
The incident is also causing congestion in the city centre.
Portland Street is closed between Charlotte Street and Princess Street.
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