Firefighters called to Old Trafford after blaze breaks out at Manchester United stadium
Firefighters were called to Old Trafford this morning after a fire broke out in the ground's South Stand.
Smoke was seen billowing out of the stadium in the early hours and fire services confirmed a blaze started in a lift motor room
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire Service said:
"At 6.58am three crews from Salford and Stretford were called to reports of a building fire on Sir Matt Busby Way.
"On arrival, crews found a fire in a lift motor room. They isolated the electrics then extinguished the fire using two breathing apparatus, one jet and one CO2 fire extinguisher. Crews are still on the scene."
The situation is said to be under control and there are no reported injuries. It is not yet clear if the fire will impact United's fixture with Hull on Wednesday.
The South Stand, also known as the Sir Bobby Charlton stand, is the oldest at Old Trafford, with some sections dating back 100 years.
— Sarah Louise Feeney (@Feenish87) January 30, 2017
This morning Manchester United released a statement about the fire:
"A small electrical fire was identified quickly in the Sir Bobby Charlton stand around 7am today.
'The fire brigade attended & the isolated incident was dealt with quickly & effectively. There was minimal damage & there were no injuries."
Football fans were quick to react to the news:
Old Trafford's on fire? Did Will Grigg get left behind?
— Scotty Walden (BostonUnitedFM) (@ScottyWalden) January 30, 2017
the fuck... there was a fire in Old Trafford this morning. that cant be a good omen
— Jon B (@DrunkVoltron) January 30, 2017
Martial was so good last night that Old Trafford is still on fire 🔥🔥🔥
— Shihab (@Shihab06) January 30, 2017