Clarendon Leisure Centre

A major fire has significantly damaged Clarendon Leisure Centre off Liverpool Street.

Firefighters have been tackling the fire since 2.45am this morning (May 10) and currently four fire engines remain at the scene.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “At the height of the incident eight fire engines from across the city-region were mobilised to the scene, together with specialist appliances, and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and jets to bring the fire under control and prevent further spread.

Clarendon Leisure Centre
Image credit: GMFRS

“We ask that local residents and members of the public continue to avoid the area while crews carry out their work.”

Road closures remain in place around the incident while firefighters work with emergency service partners and the local authority to keep the scene safe.

Firefighters expect to remain at the scene throughout the rest of the day.

Image credit: GMFRS

Salford Community Leisure, which manages Clarendon Leisure Centre on behalf of the council, said it would remain closed while the investigation continued.

Steve Hassall, Salford Community Leisure CEO, said: “It is with a heavy heart to report that due to a major fire that took place in the early hours of this morning, Friday 10th May, Clarendon Leisure Centre has been left with significant damage to the building.

“This is devastating news for all of us at Salford Community Leisure and our colleagues at Salford City Council, as Clarendon Leisure Centre has provided essential sport and leisure opportunities for the local community for over 40 years and we were excited to be reopening the centre next month after significant investment into refurbishment and a brand new state of the art gym.”

The Salford Mayor Paul Dennett said it has been “really upsetting to see the scenes at Clarendon Leisure Centre” and thanked the fire services who remain at the scene.

There are road closures in place on Albion Way, Liverpool Street and Fitzwarren Street.

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