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Audience scoop Hippodrome fire story and technology gets it out there in real-time

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:44 UK time, Tuesday, 17 June 2008

How journalists tell the story is changing due to technology in the hands of the man and woman in the street - and this was highlighted yesterday as a drama unfolded in Wrexham town centre when the old Hippodrome Cinema building went up in flames.

Within minutes we were receiving calls and texts from passers-by caught up in the incident as they stood around the cordoned off Henblas Street, and soon after we were being offered photos and video as nearby office and shop workers used their mobile phones to capture the unfolding drama from their roof-top vantage points.

Mark Gregory was on the scene to video footage which was posted online soon after via

Among the eye witness reports sent to BBC News was one from shopper Maya Johnson, Caerwys:
My mum and I were in Wrexham shopping and we saw a bit of smoke at first but when we came out of the shop there was smoke billowing out, you could barely see the church for it.

Reacting to the tip-offs, we were on scene to start twittering live reports [what's this?] to the 'net and we were able to send photos via our mobile phone direct to the web.

Today, BBC News Wales said investigations were continuing into the cause of the fire and it's business as usual around Henblas Street.

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