Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

STAY OUT OF THE TUNNELS, WARNS FIRE CHIEF AFTER AIR RAID BLAZES ; Fires Break out in Underground Shelter [City Region Edition 5]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

STAY OUT OF THE TUNNELS, WARNS FIRE CHIEF AFTER AIR RAID BLAZES ; Fires Break out in Underground Shelter [City Region Edition 5]

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AFIRE chief is warning intruders to stay out of a complex network of underground air raid shelters after two fires.

Twenty-five firefighters twice searched the labyrinth of tunnels, which date back to 1939, after nearby residents spotted smoke. It is thought the fires, which happened on two separate occasions, were started by people sneaking into the tunnels with home-made torches.

A number of tea lights and candles were also found in the underground network, which runs for 200 metres underneath Heaton Norris in Stockport.

Now fire station watch commander Eamonn Lyons has issued a warning to stop people breaking into the shelters off Dodge Hill. He said: "These weren't big fires on this occasion but the way the air goes through the tunnels they can become very heavily smoke logged and it can take a long time to clear it. When we arrive it is also unclear how big the fire is or if someone is trapped inside so we have to do a full search.

"I warn everyone to stay out of the tunnels and the council have told me they will increase security. …

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