Fire crews were forced to launch a major response to Beetham Tower tonight because of a barbecue on the 34th floor.
The Manchester Evening News saw at least seven fire engines outside the Deansgate skyscraper at around 8.45pm.
The building had not been evacuated and the callout appeared to be a false alarm.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: "It was an alarm caused by somebody having a barbecue on the 34th floor.
"Advice was given to the occupier and crews are now heading out."
Last week, the service revealed the number of 'nuisance' fires they have been called out to doubled in the first week of the Government's orders to stay at home.
From March 23 to March 29, firefighters were called to 183 nuisance fires, also known as deliberate secondary fires, up from 90 from March 16 to March 22.
The majority of these blazes involved outdoor fires involving grassland and waste.
Firefighters have also been called to incidents involving bonfires started by groups of teenagers, trees and rubbish being set on fire, camp fires, grass deliberately set on fire and quantities of rubbish set on fire.
A large number of units were sent to tonight's incident at Beetham Tower because it involved a high-rise building.
The fire service has been on high alert ever since the devastating fire at a student tower block in Bolton last November.
Advice issued to residents in high-rise buildings back then by GMFRS made it clear that barbecues should not be used on balconies 'under any circumstances'.
In response to the Grenfell disaster, fire bosses now also advice that residents should leave such buildings during a fire if they feel unsafe or are affected by heat or smoke.
The service has issued guidance on being safe at home while people are spending more time in the house, you can read more on here.