'There was a massive bang' - Terrified residents flee flats inferno

Residents are waiting to find out where they'll be staying today after a huge fire appeared to rip through a block of flats. One tenant at the taped-off blocks on Meir's Beveridge Close said he was woken by a 'massive bang' before watching the fire spread.

Firefighters and police were scrambled to the scene at around 3.30am this morning to reports of a blaze behind Tawney Crescent. Now two blocks of flats have been taped off as affected tenants are waiting to find out where they will be put up today.

One affected resident spoke to StokeonTrentLive from the scene this morning.

He said: “It was about 3.30am and I heard a massive bang. I looked out and the bin area was on fire - then everything else went up including a shed, guttering and hedges. It was then just blue lights. We’re now just waiting to find out where we’re going to go.”

This morning and a number of police officers are at the scene along with fire officials and paramedics. Engineers from gas supplier Cadent have also been called in along with Stoke-on-Trent City Council staff.

Footage from the early hours blaze sent to StokeonTrentLive shows the fire raging at the ground behind the council flats as emergency services lined up on Brookwood Drive. We are awaiting statements on the incident from the emergency services and local authority.

Further updates will appear in our dedicated blog here.

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