A huge blaze broke out in the rooftop garden of Manchester’s brand new city centre restaurant The Ivy – which had only been open for six weeks.
Witnesses have been sharing dramatic footage of the fire raging across the roof terrace of the luxury fine dining eatery.
Fire fighters attended the scene in Hardman Square in Spinningfields as dozens of onlookers stared up at the flames from the street below, while countless more looked on from nearby office windows.
The brand new building attracted dozens of celebrities on its opening night in November.
Former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville joined Coronation Street stars to get a first look at the four-floor restaurant complex.
Attendees of the restaurant also included Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes.
Tweeters speculated about the fire pits and patio heaters on the roof terrace, although firefighters have yet to establish the cause.
Witnesses shared dramatic footage of the fire raging across the fourth floor of the luxury fine dining eatery
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue attended the scene in Hardman Square
Onlookers in nearby offices observed the fire at the restaurant in Hardman Square, Spinningfields
A statement from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze is now under control
Paul Berry, who works at In Touch at Hardman Square, told Manchester Evening News the outside balcony area was ‘absolutely ablaze’, while fearing the fire may spread.
He added: ‘It looked like it was dropping down to lower floors. It grabbed hold very quickly from nothing, within ten minutes it was ablaze.’
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire is now under control after four engines and an aerial appliance used three breathing apparatus and one hose reel to extinguish the fire and a ventilation fan was used to clear the smoke.
Three crews were told to remain at the scene this evening to dampen down, and road closures had been put in place.
The restaurant is operated by Caprice Holdings Ltd, which also runs London’s The Ivy.
The Ivy Spinningfields’ website says the building houses two restaurants, a roof terrace and two private dining rooms.
There has been speculation about the fire pits at the Manchester restaurant, though there is no indication of the cause of the blaze at this time (pictured: The Manchester Ivy roof bar)
Pictured: An architectural design of how The Ivy in Manchester would appear
Sir Alex Ferguson (left) had previously attended the restaurant with Paul Scholes (right), Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt for lunch
Manchester’s The Ivy, operated by Caprice Holdings Ltd, opened its doors in November last year
The Ivy Spinningfields’ website says the building houses two restaurants, a roof terrace and two private dining rooms
The restaurant had reportedly only opened just under six weeks ago
Onlookers took footage of the flames on their phones as they watched the scenes unfold
Onlookers gaze up at blazing roof terrace after fire broke out at 4.56 today
Firefighters attended the scene as smoke was seen rising from the restaurant’s roof terrace
The 500-cover Manchester restaurant spanned four floors in a new, timber-framed building, according to Manchester Evening News.
It was said to be the biggest restaurant opening in the UK of 2018.
The Ivy Brasserie can be found on the ground floor; a private dining room, The Dalton Room, is located on the first floor, and Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar The Ivy Asia is on the second floor.
A spokesperson for the Ivy Collection told MailOnline: ‘The fire at the Ivy Spinningfields was quickly and very efficiently contained by the excellent work of the Fire Services.
‘The fire was limited to part of the roof and the building was evacuated in a calm and timely manner.
‘We are already working to repair the top floor damage, all other areas of the building are unaffected.
‘We will make a statement in the next 24 hours with details of reopening.’
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service announced that the fire is now under control
Pictured: Phil and Julie Neville attending the Manchester restaurant launch party on November 23
Model Rhian Sugden, left, and Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn, right, also attended the Manchester VIP launch
Left to right: Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Joe Donovan, Josh Dewhurst and Myles Kellock attend The Ivy Spinningfields VIP Launch Party on November 23
Pictured: Lois MacDonald and Faith Vern of The Pins attend the VIP opening in Manchester
Its sister restaurant, London’s The Ivy Covent Garden, opened in 1917 and became renowned for its service and quality food.
It has attracted numerous famous faces over the years, including Tom Cruise, Madonna and the Beckhams.
The restaurant, which also has a private dining area upstairs, was redesigned in 2015 and features a central dining bar, oak panelling and a contemporary art collection.
The Ivy has several restaurants across London including in Marlyebone, Kensington and at Tower Bridge as well as numerous brasseries in cities including Birmingham, Brighton and York.