Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Several Theories Were Ruled out, Say Fire Service Chiefs

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Several Theories Were Ruled out, Say Fire Service Chiefs

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GMFRS assistant county fire officer and director of prevention and protection, Geoff Harris, said: "GMFRS has concluded that the fire was caused by used hot welding rods, embers and splatter that were being produced by welding work taking place on the roof.

"These rods and embers fell onto combustible materials through a gap in the roof that had been cut to enable a metal frame to be tacked in place. The hot items fell down the side of the wall where it was unobserved by the workers' fire watch procedure and landed on cardboard and fabric items."

He said several theories were tested and ruled out, including light reflection, carelessly discarded smoking materials and arson.

"The fire wasn't discovered for around half an hour and air flow into the area meant the fire was able to quickly develop into a very serious incident," he added. …

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