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Firefighters tackle restaurant fire in Albert Square, Manchester

Fire in restaurant kitchen in Albert Square, Manchester Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Image caption Flames and smoke were seen coming out of the building in Albert Square at about 13:00 GMT

About 60 firefighters have been tackling a fire in a restaurant kitchen in Manchester city centre.

Flames and smoke were seen coming out of the building, which houses three restaurants, in Albert Square at about 13:00 GMT.

Investigations were carried out to make sure the fire had not spread to the other restaurants' kitchens that share the same extraction duct.

A Greater Manchester Fire spokesman said the response had been scaled down.

Station Manager Gary Jarvis urged people to stay away from the area.

"It is a busy part of Manchester, as it's at the heart of the city, but because we have quite a bit of smoke issuing from the roof, we would encourage people to avoid the area if possible and to keep their windows closed."

Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Image caption The fire service urged people to keep their windows closed while they tackled the fire in Albert Square

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