Firefighters respond to reports of a release of gas at a high school in Wythenshawe

14:30 update

At around 12:20 today (16 Feb) crews were called to an incident at a high school in Wythenshawe after reports of a release of gas. Two fire engines from Wythenshawe fire station quickly attended and ventilated the premises.

Crews are supporting colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), and a number of pupils are being assessed by NWAS. Firefighters are now monitoring the scene and remain in attendance at this time.

Road closures are in place.

15:30 update

Firefighters have now left the scene of an incident involving a release of gas at a high school in Wythenshawe.

Crews were called to Firbank Road in Manchester earlier today and used four breathing apparatus and gas detectors to access the scene.

Firefighters also assisted ambulance crews with triaging evacuated people.

Due to the number of potential casualties and the resources needed at the scene, North West Ambulance Service declared a major incident, which was stood down just after 3pm.

Fire crews were on the scene for around two and a half hours.

16/02/2022 14:30 PM