Manchester Chinatown fire: Police plea to homeless people

Manchester Chinatown fire: Police plea to homeless people

Detectives investigating a large fire in Manchester's Chinatown are appealing directly to the homeless community who they believe could have "critical" information about the blaze.

The fire began at about 02:15 GMT on Friday in Nicholas Street and took several hours to bring under control, closing roads and causing congestion.

Two people found dead inside the building were male, police confirmed.

The men, thought to be rough sleepers, are yet to be identified.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Greater Manchetser Police (GMP) are carrying out a joint investigation into how the fire at the disused building started.


A candlelit vigil was held for those who died on Friday,

Manchester Chinatown fire: Police plea to homeless people

Det Insp Rebecca Boyce said: "We believe that members of the homeless community may have been in or near the building before the fire started, and they would obviously hold information that will be critical to our investigation.

"I would like to appeal directly to them to come forward and speak to us, along with anyone else who may have information which could assist us in our inquiries."

Manchester Chinatown fire: Police plea to homeless people

Manchester Chinatown fire: Police plea to homeless people



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