Fire ripped through the Grade II listed Church of the Ascension on Sunday
Firemen battled the blaze as it destroyed the roof of the Grade II listed Church of the Ascension, which was built in 1869.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said that six engines were sent to the scene in Ascension Road after being called shortly before 11.10pm on Sunday.
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Liam Cole, 17, rushed to the church after seeing flames from his nearby home.
The fast food restaurant worker said: "Initially I have seen a flash of orange light when I went to the bathroom.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said no one was injured in the blaze
The fire was brought under control in the early hours
"I ran outside realising it was really close and then I have seen it's my local church.
All of a sudden it was engulfed in flames and the roof started falling through
"Initially it wasn't that bad but all of a sudden it was engulfed in flames and the roof started falling through.
"There was a lot of ash and smoke from the roof going on the people standing very close."
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Liam said he ushered away children and elderly people and checked they were not hurt using first aid knowledge learned at the City of Salford Squadron Air Cadets.
DEVASTATING fire destroys 100 homes in Chile Thu, January 5, 2017
A large fire broke out in the coastal Chilean city of Valparaiso, burning at least 100 homes, prompting the evacuation of about 400 people and sending plumes of smoke high into the air.
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Fire burns a house on a hill, where more than 100 homes were burned due to forest fire but there have been no reports of death, local authorities said in Valparaiso, Chile
The fire brigade said no one was injured in the blaze, which was brought under control in the early hours.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.
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