New Years Eve horror as bar Christmas decorations catch fire after countdown

About 170 people were forced to evacuate a bar after a fire broke out when ‘flares’ set Christmas decorations on fire after the New Year countdown.

According to some sources, the fire started when sparklers from Champagne ignited helium balloons attached to the basement roof.

Witnesses have recounted the terrifying times when the place was on fire just minutes after the New Years countdown.

About 170 revelers were evacuated and two men were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation from the fire.

A witness told the Manchester Evening News : “There were dozens of balloons decorating the ceiling of the room.

Firefighters on site

“At midnight the staff took out sparklers and handed them to the people. They were everywhere. The tables below us lifted theirs up into the air and the balloons caught fire. At the same time, people were spraying fire. champagne It was quick.

“I saw it and I just screamed to run. The whole ceiling was on fire and all the balloons were squealing.”

The fire is said to have ravaged the roof of the bar. A witness inside the bar said staff handed out champagne flares – sparkler-type props that emit a flame – as the countdown approaches midnight.

Many revelers were holding them aloft when the balloons ignited.

170 people were evacuated
170 people were evacuated

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It is understood that champagne was sprayed on the burning balloons in an attempt to stop the fire before a fire extinguisher was used.

Another witness added: “Staff were burning their hands with sparklers because they had too many in their hands.”

The development came as the fire department today confirmed they are now working alongside Greater Manchester Police to determine a cause.

An investigation was continuing today.

In a statement released today, a spokesperson for One Eight Six said a sparkler “caught the Christmas decorations” – and praised the firefighters’ response.

The bar said it was “deeply saddened by this incident”.

A spokesperson for the bar said: “Safety is of the utmost importance to us and we are working with the relevant authorities.”

Firefighters said: “The investigation is still ongoing and nothing has been confirmed yet.”

But in an updated statement, a GMFRS spokesperson confirmed that Greater Manchester Police are now involved.

The spokesperson said: ‘Just after midnight on Saturday January 1, fire crews were called to report a fire in the basement of a commercial building in Deansgate.

An investigation was continuing today.
An investigation continued today

“Four fire trucks from the Moss Side, Gorton, Broughton and Manchester Central fire stations quickly witnessed the incident.

“Respirator-wearing firefighters used two reels and a positive pressure ventilator to extinguish the blaze and remove smoke from the building.

“About 170 people were evacuated from the premises. Three men were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by the North West Ambulance Service, two of whom were later taken to hospital.

“The GMFRS teams remain on the spot.

“Fire investigation teams are working with Greater Manchester Police to determine the cause of the blaze.”

Firefighters, police and paramedics rushed to the scene as Deansgate bar was evacuated and a cordon was put in place.

City Councilor Pat Karney has promised a full investigation into the fire.

A spokesperson for One Eight Six said: “We can confirm that there was unfortunately a fire at One Eight Six last night after a sparkler was lit on the Christmas decorations.

“This was dealt with quickly and very effectively contained by the fire departments.

“All guests and staff were safely evacuated without any injuries.

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“The damage is limited to the main bar and all other areas of the building are unaffected.

“We are deeply saddened by this incident, but we are sure to bounce back and look forward to welcoming our customers, new and old, back to us.”

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