Terrified students are seen fleeing from a 17-storey block of flats as a fire ripped through the ground floor.
The University of Manchester students were being evacuated from the buildings, with many running barefoot and some wearing pyjamas as they escaped.
As fire crews arrived at the scene just after 10.30pm on Monday evening, students were shouting at others still inside, to get out.
Five fire engines were called to the Unite Students Parkway Gate halls, on Chester Street, after a storeroom went up in flames, reports the Manchester Evening News .
A video shared online shows part of the building engulfed by orange flames, as students can be seen running away from the building.
One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said there was a strong smell of smoke in the building.
He said: “As I got to the bottom of the building there was thick smoke. I got to the front door, the side of the storage area is next to it.
“You had to run out past it and turn left.”
Twenty five firefighters from Moss Side, Salford, Manchester Central used an aerial platform, hose reels and two jets to bring the fire under control.
They also searched the flats to check nobody was left inside.
After the fire was extinguished, firefighters used thermal imaging scanners to check there were no signs the fire had spread.
The ambulance service assessed students as they returned to their flats to check if anybody was suffering from smoke inhalation, and there were no reports of any injuries.
Firefighters cordoned off the damaged storeroom and a team will be returning later today to investigate what caused the blaze.
Crews were at the scene for three hours.
Station Manager Steve Forster, who was in charge of the incident, said: “When the initial crews arrived on the scene they did a great job in tackling the fire using jets and a hose reel and their swift response stopped the fire from spreading.”
A spokesman for Unite Students said: “At 10:30pm yesterday fire and rescue services were called to Parkway Gate Manchester to deal with a fire on the ground floor.
“Evacuation was already underway when fire crews arrived and the fire was extinguished swiftly. No one was hurt and the building is open as normal.
“The safety of our students and employees is of the utmost importance and we are currently investigating the cause of the fire with Manchester Fire and Rescue service.”