Student flats evacuated after fire breaks out in Bournemouth town centre

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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.
  • Send us your pictures and video by emailing digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk, text them to 80360, starting your message with BE, or upload them via the Send Your News form

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We've also been sent this picture from a reader

Bournemouth Echo:

12:21pm

Our traffic feed is reporting St Peter's Road has been re-opened both ways following the earlier fire.

 

 

11:50am

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."

Bournemouth Echo:

11:28am

We have an edited video of the fire from earlier, plus an interview with Station Manager Simon Dennett who gives us a briefing:

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This footage of the smoke was sent in by Sam Tarling

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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."

10:07am

Thanks for all the pictures and video footage our readers have sent in so far. This one is from Jo Forsyth.

Bournemouth Echo:

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Here's video of an interview with two of the residents from the block of flats from a ltitle earlier on:

9:58am

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service control room have posted the following update on Twitter:
 

9:56am

Here's a picture of damage to one of the windows in the building taken by our photographer Richard.

Bournemouth Echo:

9:52am

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. 

 

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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."

9:36am

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. 

9:35am

Here's an aerial picture taken by Flirt Cafe a little earlier on showing the smoke over Bournemouth town centre

 

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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."

 

9:28am

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.

 

 

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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.

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And here's a video from Corin:

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Here are some more pictures from Corin:

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Echo:

9:17am

Fire control have said it is unknown if anyone is inside at the moment.

9:17am

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.

 

9:15am

We've just had these pictures sent back from our photographer Corin who is at the scene:

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Echo:

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We've been sent this photo of the fire from Jo Forsyth

Bournemouth Echo:

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Alex Othold took this picture from the Adido offices 
 

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This picture was taken by John Blower

Bournemouth Echo:

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9:01am

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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9:47am Fri 16 May 14

trolley says...

hilarious, how to pad out a story
there was a little fire, people were asked to leave, fire was extinguished.
that is it.
quiet news day?
hilarious, how to pad out a story there was a little fire, people were asked to leave, fire was extinguished. that is it. quiet news day? trolley
  • Score: -7

10:04am Fri 16 May 14

Buckulus says...

trolley wrote:
hilarious, how to pad out a story there was a little fire, people were asked to leave, fire was extinguished. that is it. quiet news day?
It was obviously a serious incident with so many fire crews attending. Why not wait until it has been confirmed that everybody is safe before leaving such ignorant comments.
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: hilarious, how to pad out a story there was a little fire, people were asked to leave, fire was extinguished. that is it. quiet news day?[/p][/quote]It was obviously a serious incident with so many fire crews attending. Why not wait until it has been confirmed that everybody is safe before leaving such ignorant comments. Buckulus
  • Score: 13

10:22am Fri 16 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Too many photos echo you're hogging my RAM.

Twitter and all it's self obsessed users and gossips are ruining the internet.
Too many photos echo you're hogging my RAM. Twitter and all it's self obsessed users and gossips are ruining the internet. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 3

10:27am Fri 16 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

The British Red Cross are also at the scene.

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Why, are they gding to start unloading sacks of rice for all the refugees in st Peters road ?
The British Red Cross are also at the scene. ....... Why, are they gding to start unloading sacks of rice for all the refugees in st Peters road ? Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 4

11:06am Fri 16 May 14

Dorset Mitch says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
The British Red Cross are also at the scene. ....... Why, are they gding to start unloading sacks of rice for all the refugees in st Peters road ?
They have a motorhome where they support victims of fire. The provide shelter, assist with insurance, welfare and other support.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: The British Red Cross are also at the scene. ....... Why, are they gding to start unloading sacks of rice for all the refugees in st Peters road ?[/p][/quote]They have a motorhome where they support victims of fire. The provide shelter, assist with insurance, welfare and other support. Dorset Mitch
  • Score: 9

11:32am Fri 16 May 14

Lord Spring says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
The British Red Cross are also at the scene.

.......

Why, are they gding to start unloading sacks of rice for all the refugees in st Peters road ?
You are awful as Dick Emery would say.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: The British Red Cross are also at the scene. ....... Why, are they gding to start unloading sacks of rice for all the refugees in st Peters road ?[/p][/quote]You are awful as Dick Emery would say. Lord Spring
  • Score: 10

11:34am Fri 16 May 14

wool525 says...

OH WELL
OH WELL wool525
  • Score: 1

11:36am Fri 16 May 14

nickynoodah says...

beetrooty head has completely lost his marbles you know
beetrooty head has completely lost his marbles you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -10

12:00pm Fri 16 May 14

BarrHumbug says...

OK who put the toast on and went back to bed?......
OK who put the toast on and went back to bed?...... BarrHumbug
  • Score: 5

12:19pm Fri 16 May 14

Dave2207 says...

Lazy student life: so many in pyjamas - they should be studying and not lying in bed!
Lazy student life: so many in pyjamas - they should be studying and not lying in bed! Dave2207
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Fri 16 May 14

fuhamfc12 says...

Pretty much clueless most of them, no doubt still drunk from last night, thought they were cooking a kebab but instead lit a candle and went to sleep ooooppppssss
Pretty much clueless most of them, no doubt still drunk from last night, thought they were cooking a kebab but instead lit a candle and went to sleep ooooppppssss fuhamfc12
  • Score: 2

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