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Student flats evacuated after fire breaks out in Bournemouth town centre
Updated 3:21pm Friday 16th May 2014 in News
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- Emergency services have been called to a fire at student flats in Bournemouth at St Peter's Gate.
- Dorset Fire and Rescue said there are 11 fire engines, one high rise appliance and three specialist vehicles in attendance of the fire, which is on the top floor of the building.
- The British Red Cross are also at the scene.
- The fire is now out and firefighters are doing a sweep of the building to check for any hotspots.
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Our traffic feed is reporting St Peter's Road has been re-opened both ways following the earlier fire.
We've been sent this picture from Faye Mitchener.
She said: "We were sat having our morning drinks and had smelt the smoke about 8:47am. By 8:50am we saw the smoke and raging fire. That's when the picture was taken."
We have an edited video of the fire from earlier, plus an interview with Station Manager Simon Dennett who gives us a briefing:
This footage of the smoke was sent in by Sam Tarling
@Bournemouthecho 65 firemen were deployed to the scene. http://t.co/DStSoEqPg3— @nikitalewis 16 May 2014
Simon Dennit, the monitoring officer at the scene and Weymouth Station Commander said: "We don't know the cause yet. The investigation is still in progress.
"The fire started in a residential flat and it stayed in the flat of origin.
"There are 11 fire engines in attendance, including the aerial platform and the fire was within a top floor flat.
"There are approximately 60 firefighters here.
"They're still damping down.
"Some evacuation was already in progress when we arrived. We searched the rest of the building and assited in the operation.
"We don't believe there has been any injuries."
Thanks for all the pictures and video footage our readers have sent in so far. This one is from Jo Forsyth.
@Bournemouthecho the fire has been extinguished and firefighters were able to contain the fire in its origin— @nikitalewis 16 May 2014
All the emergency services are in St Peters rd. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/uEZ6Qu75Ex— @RichardBmthEcho 16 May 2014
Fire officers use aerial platform to reach fire in St Peters rd. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/AQI0s8gL5E— @RichardBmthEcho 16 May 2014
Fire officers investigate fire in St Peters rd. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/pTcMWWxoHG— @RichardBmthEcho 16 May 2014
#fire in #bournemouth @DailyDORSET @Bournemouthecho @BBCBreaking http://t.co/ag4oM0HNbt— @miketuttphotos 16 May 2014
Here's video of an interview with two of the residents from the block of flats from a ltitle earlier on:
11 Fire engines 1 high rise appliance 3 specialist vehicles & the #RedCross are at a fire on the top floor of flats in #Bournemouth #Dorset— @DFRSFireControl 16 May 2014
Here's a picture of damage to one of the windows in the building taken by our photographer Richard.
Yolima Barran, a 35-year-old student said who lives in the building: "I was sleeping but I heard a noise of something hitting my window.
"I got up to close it but then I could smell smoke, like something burning, that was it, I was scared but I got my trousers on and went straight out."
"She also said there's a lot of people living there, it's very noisy but I think everyone got out.
Will said they are just waiting for incident commander in order to get a video, which we'll have online for you a little later.
Walking past the fire in town, never seen so many fire engines!!! @Bournemouthecho @echonewsdesk http://t.co/TXa6B7sJSV— @CharlotteSaint 16 May 2014
@Bournemouthecho http://t.co/mSskVUQTy0— @nikitalewis 16 May 2014
Our reporter Will has been speaking Alejandro Lopez, a 33-year-old student who is a resident at the building and also works in a bar.
He said: "I can hear the noise of a fire but I fell asleep again so I obviously wasn't that worried.
"But then I heard the sirens and the firefighters were knocking on the door.
"They were shouting "there's a fire, get out".
"It wasn't very calm and it made me a bit more nervous about it."
He also said: "I did get dressed, though. I've got work in half an hour."
We've just heard from Corin who has been told the fire is out.
Firefighters are doing a sweep of the building to check for any hotspots.
It is believed that everyone has been accounted for.
Sirens all over town. Building on fire? @CaitlinM_Echo @echodaz @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/v09iAhDIkD— @FlirtCafeBar 16 May 2014
Couple rushed out of the flat by firemen, unable to grab personal items or change @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Eu4DBVib6n— @nikitalewis 16 May 2014
Alfonso Fernandez, 32, a student who lives in the block said: "We've been waiting about an hour now. I hope no one was hurt.
"We have an exam tomorrow but it doesn't look like we're going to be able to make our class at 10am."
Ana Delrio, 25, a student who stays in the block said: "I was sleeping and the first I heard of it was there were firemen knocking on the door.
"They were saying "get outside".
"We didn't know what was going on and I was pretty shocked.
"We didn't even have time to get changed, we just went straight outside."
They know people in the block but they believe everyone was evacuated safely.
Flats on fire in town, view from the office window @bournemouthecho http://t.co/B5dbpXmCjY— @rhiancarter 16 May 2014
Yellow Buses have posted the following message on their Facebook page:
Police have closed Horseshoe Common, all Bournemouth Station/Christchurch services diverted via Hinton Rd and Bath Hill to normal line of route.
And here's a video from Corin:
Here are some more pictures from Corin:
Fire control have said it is unknown if anyone is inside at the moment.
We've just spoken to Dorset Fire Control who say they have around 10 pumps, which is 60 firefighters, at the scene.
The fire is at a block of flats at St Peter's Gate which was called in at 8.38am this morning.
We've just had these pictures sent back from our photographer Corin who is at the scene:
We've been sent this photo of the fire from Jo Forsyth
Large number of appliances in attendance. Crews with breathing apparatus going inside.@Bournemouthecho @BBCSouthNews http://t.co/RAP60KQvft— @JohnBlower 16 May 2014
RT @hooj: Something's on fire in town, any ideas @Bournemouthecho ? http://t.co/IJcAAsigIB— @limetreecomms 16 May 2014
This picture was taken by John Blower
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Emergency services have been called to a fire at student flats in Bournemouth.
A spokesperson says the fire is at St Peter's Gate.
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