Flames engulfed the Church of Ascension, in Lower Broughton, shortly after 11pm on Sunday night
Firefighters remained at the scene of a huge fire at a church in Salford overnight. Flames engulfed the Church of Ascension, in Lower Broughton, shortly after 11pm on Sunday night.
The fire service scaled back the operation from six fire engines to four at about 3.30am this morning Fire crews are also using an aerial platform to dampen down hot spots and make sure the scene is safe. A spokeswoman for the fire service said the gas supply briefly reignited, but it was quickly isolated by firefighters and the blaze is now fully under control.
Residents in the vicinity of the fire are being asked to keep their doors and windows shut as there are large plumes of smoke billowing from the church. The church, on Ascension Road beside Green Grosvenor Park, is a grade II listed building and still used as a place of worship. Police are also at the scene. Father Norman Price, who carried out his first mass at the church in 1990, has been at the scene helping serve refreshments to firefighters. Dramatic images show the church completely engulfed by flames and large plumes of smoke emitting from the building. One witness, Liam Cole, said: “The firemen and women who arrived at the scene were extremely fast and dealt with the situation swiftly, as well as the police men and women who ensured the safety of those watching in horror” The cause of the blaze has not yet been confirmed by Greater Manchester Police or the fire service.