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In pictures: Manchester fire

Office workers in the smoke

Office workers arrived in Manchester's Northern Quarter to find their way blocked by smoke

Fire cherry picker

Firefighters could not get into the first building so tackled the fire from above

Firefighters taking a break

More than 120 firefighters were involved in tackling the two blazes

Firefighter in cherry picker

Fire crews are still at the scene of the blaze in the Northern Quarter

Smoke from fire

Smoke from the fire could been seen up to half a mile away from the city centre

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