Manchester

Wall-piercing lance used on Salford factory fire

Firefighters using the ultra high pressure lance Image copyright Gmfrs
Image caption The lance is capable of piercing wood, metal and brick

Firefighters have used a powerful new lance to break through a brick wall and tackle a factory fire in Salford.

The ultra high pressure lance was introduced by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) in January.

The service is one of the first in a UK city to use the equipment, which allows firefighters to work on previously inaccessible parts of a fire.

GMFRS said it allowed firefighters at Greenwood Street to make gas cylinders safe before crews entered the building.

More than 40 firefighters worked on the blaze, which began at about 22:00 GMT on Sunday.

The lance was first used by the service at a restaurant fire in Manchester's Albert Square in January.

The equipment uses a combination of water and cutting agent, which is ejected through a special nozzle at extremely high pressure, allowing it to rapidly cut through wood, metal and brick.

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