A five-storey building in Manchester city centre is perilously close to collapsing after it was completely destroyed Monday by a massive fire which has now spread to a second building.
More than 120 firefighters are struggling to extinguish the towering blaze which started in a commercial building on Dale Street at 5.55 am.
The fire crews struggled to extinguish the blaze and red-hot embers sparked a second fire on the opposite side of the road.
Greater Manchester Police are verifying several unconfirmed reports that several homeless people were sleeping rough in the abandoned building when it caught fire.
Bill Harrop, Borough Commander for Greater Manchester Fire Service, said: "We managed to bring the fire under control but the building is completely destroyed. There is a real risk that it may collapse.
"There were early reports of a number of people possibly missing but we cannot confirm yet that anyone was inside [the building].
Dale Street is a major Manchester road and the fires have caused severe disruption for motorists and office workers.
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