Residents are still being evacuated and the cordon remains in place after the church’s unused roof collapsed


Some residents remain evacuated today after the roof of an unused church collapsed.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the incident on Shrewsbury Street in Old Trafford at around 6.45am yesterday (Friday).

A road closure has been put in place after the roof of an unused church ‘partially collapsed’.

This morning (Saturday) some residents remain evacuated ‘as a precaution’ as contractors work to secure the structure.

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According to the Inrix traffic alert service, the road remains closed between Upper Chorlton Road and Ayres Road.

In an update this morning, a spokesman for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘At approximately 6.45am on Friday 14th January we received reports that a building roof broke had collapsed on Shrewsbury Street, Stretford.

Rescue on site Friday

“Four fire engines from Moss Side, Salford, Stretford and Wythenshawe fire stations along with a technical response unit and a special response vehicle from Ashton-under-Lyne were quickly on the scene, this which resulted in the partial collapse of an unused church.

“Some residents remain evacuated as a precaution.

“A cordon has been put in place and a fence has been erected.

“Contractors are currently on site securing the structure.

“Firefighters and local authorities remain at the scene to ensure safety.”

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