Block of flats evacuated as roof catches fire in Warrington blaze

-Credit: (Image: Google)
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A block of flats was evacuated in Warrington on Sunday after the roof of the building caught fire. Firefighters were called to Bexhill Avenue at 1.36pm yesterday (June 16) after a fire broke out in the roof space.

Three fire engines raced to the scene, with residents evacuated and firefighters entering the building to bring the flames under control. Police put a full road closure in place while the fire was also fought from the outside by firefighters using the aerial ladder platform.

The fire in the roof space was brought under control by 3.15pm. An investigation has been launched in order to determine the cause of the fire.

A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue service said: "Police have put a full road closure in place while firefighters tackle a fire in the roof space of a block of flats in Warrington. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have taken two hose reel jets into the building and ensured all occupiers are accounted for.

"The building has been evacuated. Crews are using a covering jet to fight the fire from the outside."

Later yesterday afternoon, the fire service said in a statement: "The fire in the roof space is now extinguished. Crews are using the aerial ladder platform to continue to dampen down from above.

"A fire investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire."

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