A derelict hotel and pub in Timperley prompted a huge emergency presence over the weekend after a fire engulfed the premises.

Emergency services were called out at around 6pm on Saturday (April 29) to the former Pelican Inn pub and adjoined Altrincham Lodge Hotel on Manchester Road, which has been vacant since 2020, after several reports of a fire.

The blaze prompted a huge emergency presence as Greater Manchester Police, an ambulance and fire services were on the scene.

Messenger Newspapers: Five fire engines battled the blazeFive fire engines battled the blaze (Image: Darren Marsden)

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) confirmed five of its fire engines, as well as an aerial platform and a technical response unit, were in attendance.

Once on the scene, the crews discovered a room on the first floor of the building was "well alight".

Photographs captured after the fire further show at least one room was severely damaged by the fire.

Messenger Newspapers: The aftermath of the fireThe aftermath of the fire (Image: Darren Marsden)

A spokesperson for GMFRS added: “Crews swiftly devised a plan to tackle the incident and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and a covering jet to extinguish the flames and prevent further spread.

“Firefighters carried out checks of the property and surrounding area before departing, and were in attendance for around four hours.”

The news comes as The Pelican was spared demolition last year.

Plans submitted by the developers, New Care, proposed turning the former pub and motel into an apartment block of 22 homes and a care home which Trafford Council and Planning Inspectorate dismissed as "unacceptable".

Messenger Newspapers: The Pelican was spared from demolition last yearThe Pelican was spared from demolition last year (Image: Newsquest)

The decision at the time read: "The loss of The Pelican, a non-designated heritage asset of architectural merit with a historic connection to the area, would result in unacceptable harm to the historic character of the area.

"Moreover, the size, appearance and detailing of the proposed replacement buildings would result in incongruous additions to the street scene, which would have unacceptable and detrimental effects on the character and appearance of the area."

Greater Manchester Police has been approached for comment on the fire.

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