|Photography by Stephen Ryder for Manchester Evening News|
The Coronation Street set IS NOT on fire! People have reported hearing an explosion and seeing flames but it was part of special effects.
— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) April 14, 2015
However, it wasn't real. The Manchester Evening News reports that a fire service spokeswoman confirmed that when the fire engines arrived, they were informed the fire was part of special effects being filmed for the show.
A Corrie spokeswoman said they had informed the fire service that the mock blaze was scheduled to happen and that they had experts on set.
Stephen Ryder, 40, whose flat at MediaCityUK overlooks the set, told the M.E.N.: “I thought it was a real explosion at first. It was a really loud bang and I got up and could see the flames and smoke. It certainly looked real.And then a few fire engines turned up. It all calmed down pretty quickly. It was obviously part of the script.I’ve lived here four and a half years and it’s normally really quiet down there though.I’ve definitely never seen anything like this before.”
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