Responders who went above and beyond after a massive fire at a student accommodation block have been commended.

Firefighters, police officers, and people from the University of Bolton received commendations from chief fire officer Jim Wallace yesterday afternoon.

The presentation ceremony at Bolton Central Fire Station was held to thank those who helped to deal with last year’s fire at The Cube, a student apartment block on Bradshawgate.

More than 70 people who helped with the massive operation were recognised at the event led by assistant chief fire officer Tony Hunter.

He said: “This was a very challenging incident and you all played a part to give that a successful conclusion.

“Crews thought that Friday would just be another night of training and routine incidents until the first of many calls came in about the fire.

“We’ve tried to recognised all those who contributed but please let us know if you believe we’ve missed anybody.”

Crews were called to The Cube at 8.30pm on Friday November 15, with around 200 firefighters tackling the blaze at its height.

A total of 40 fire engines, three aerial platforms and other specialist appliances were used to bring the fire under control.

Crews from Farnworth rescued someone from the second floor of the building, while a Stretford crew rescued a woman from the top floor minutes before it was engulfed in flames.

All 217 students were accounted for within 24 hours of the fire, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Bolton Council was thanked for setting up a taskforce to help with the aftermath of the fire, with representatives from the University of Bolton, emergency services, and voluntary organisations joining the team.

Leader of the council David Greenhalgh added: “People are often very quick to criticise and not as quick to say thank you.

“I’m sure the bravery shown that night is second nature but it was extremely professional.

“On behalf of the whole town I say thank you for stepping up to the mark.”