Fire incident at the Paterson Building

Emergency services were called to the Paterson Building at 10.36 on Wednesday, 26 April to deal with a large fire which had broken out on the roof of the building. Everyone in the building was evacuated safely.

This page will be updated with information and statements as they become available.

The Paterson Building

The Paterson Building on Wilmslow Road houses staff from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and other units working on cancer research. The building is home to around 300 staff at full capacity. The University of Manchester leases the building from the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Core funding is supplied by Cancer Research UK.

Information sources

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is posting regular updates on a web article.

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Updates by the Christie are on their website.

Other information

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Information on cancer research, more generally at the University on our research beacons webpage.



A University spokesman said: “We were relieved to hear that everyone was safe and no one was injured as a result of a major fire at the Paterson building the Paterson Building which houses staff in Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and other researchers from the University and The Christie. We are working hard to assess the damage and put in place contingencies as quickly as possible.”


A University of Manchester spokesman said: “The fire service was called to an incident at The Paterson Building on Wilmslow Road at 10.36 this morning. Everyone has been evacuated safely from the building and the University is supporting the emergency services in managing the incident.”

Jane Bullock, CRUK North West spokesperson said: “The fire service has told us that the fire was in the roof of the plant room of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute which is where mechanical equipment and associated electrical equipment is housed. It is not a room occupied by our researchers.

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