A fire has broken out at the Cancer Research UK Institute at Christie Hospital in Manchester. Firefighters are currently on the scene and the building has been evacuated.

The fire is believed to have broken out in the plant room of the Cancer Research building and witnesses said the roof was well alight. Pictures from the scene show huge plumes of black smoke rising from the building and flames are visible on the outside. Road closures have been put in place along Cotton Lane, Fog Lane, Wilmslow Road and Palatine Road.

A spokesman for Manchester’s fire service said: ‘We were called at 10.36am this morning to a building fire at the Christie on Wilmslow Road. Five fire engines are currently dealing with the fire. The fire service were not able to confirm where the fire had started, only that the incident was still ongoing.’