A new Grenfell-style tragedy has been narrowly avoided as a massive blaze engulfed a university student accommodation block in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Dozens of students were reportedly rescued from The Cube just before the fire consumed the whole building.
It is being reported that 200 firefighters from 40 fire engines were required to bring the blaze under control.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are so far reporting only two casualties, both of whom were reportedly treated by paramedics at the scene.
The near-miss disaster has revived painful memories of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017 which claimed 72 lives.
The principal reason behind the Grenfell tragedy is mainly attributed to the external cladding (composed of combustible aluminium composite material) which led to the fire spreading quickly to consume the whole building.
It is being reported that problems with external cladding may have been the reason for the rapid spread of the latest fire in Bolton.
One witness to the latest fire told Sky News that the flames were “crawling up the cladding like it was nothing”.
The Financial Times reported only yesterday (just before the latest fire) that up to 17,000 households still live in apartment blocks with “dangerous” cladding similar to the Grenfell Tower.