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Student block in Bolton ‘engulfed’ by intense blaze 

Ace Love, 35, said: “The fire kept getting more intense, climbing up and to the right because the wind was blowing so hard. We could see it bubbling from the outside and then being engulfed from the outside.

“A lot of students got out very fast, someone was very distressed, the rest were on phones calling for help. The fire got worse and worse, to the point where you could see through the beams, it was just bare frame.”

Another resident on Twitter said: “The fire alarms in our rooms didn’t even go off! It took banging on people’s doors and screaming ‘it’s a real fire’ to get everyone out.

“My whole life is in that room and not knowing what possessions I still have is horrible. We don’t know what to do now.”

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