Manchester City fans face travel chaos due to huge fire at Chinese food supermarket

One of the pictures posted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

One of the pictures posted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Manchester City supporters face travel chaos this evening because of a huge fire at a Chinese supermarket near the ground.

Fireighters were called to the fire at Wing Fat Cash and Carry, located on Ashton Old Road in Beswick, at around 11.30am today (Tuesday October 24). The cause of the fire has not been confirmed.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said no-one was inside the building and neighbouring supermarkets were being evacuated as a precaution. All staff have been accounted for.

City are due to play Wolves in the Carabao Cup tonight, and the police have advised fans to use public transport where possible and allow extra time to travel to the game.

Local newspaper The Manchester Evening News described huge plumes of smoke rising from the food emporium, and around 60 firefighters were called to battle the blaze.

Fire workers have also published pictures on Twitter showing the extent of the fire, as well as a video.

 

High rise platform now in use. pic.twitter.com/ZQAomMJxA1

— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) October 24, 2017