26.4.17 Manchester cancer hospital fire 'may have destroyed vital research'


Cancer Research UK institute likely to have lost millions of pounds of life-saving equipment in blaze, says its director

Years of research and millions of pounds of life-saving equipment are feared to have been destroyed in a devastating fire at the cancer hospital in Manchester, its director has said.

Prof Richard Marais, the head of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, said researchers had been able to save 25 years of clinical samples, but that other vital work was lost in the “heartrending” blaze at Christie hospital.

An investigation has been launched into cause of the fire, which started in the roof of the research centre shortly after 10am on Wednesday 26th April 2017.  More than 100 fire fighters and 16 fire engines tackled the blaze at the Paterson building in south Manchester.

Five fire engines and an aerial ladder attended the scene to deal with the fire.

The fire services were not able to confirm where the fire had started, only that the incident was still ongoing.  Fire fighters are wearing breathing apparatus and using jets and hose reels to extinguish the fire. 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire includes a three-storey office block and laboratory. 

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