Berkshire

Investigations and clean-up continue after Windsor fire

Windsor fire, Park Street
Image caption The upper floors of the building partially collapsed along with the surrounding scaffolding

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a major fire in Berkshire.

Police said they were keeping an open mind about the blaze in Windsor on Tuesday night during which a building partially collapsed.

More than 80 firefighters were at the scene of the blaze which started at about 22:00 BST.

Park Street remains closed while investigations into the cause and work to make the remaining structure safe continue.

Police and the fire service have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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Media captionFootage filmed by photographer Declan Lepage showed the fire at its peak

The terraced property, opposite the Two Brewers pub on Park Street, was undergoing renovation work.

The upper floors of the building partially collapsed during the fire, along with the surrounding scaffolding.

Worked started to remove scaffolding as well as three chimneys and an unstable gable wall on Thursday morning.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said work was being hampered by high winds.

About 12 people were forced to move to temporary accommodation for the night owing to the fire's close proximity to residential properties.

Crews came from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Oxfordshire and Surrey to fight the fire, while police were required to manage crowds of onlookers.

Image caption Declan Lepage who filmed the blaze, described it as "quite surreal... like a scene from a film"
Image caption Crews in 18 fire engines from across five counties were called to the incident
Image caption Windsor Castle allowed firefighters to use its water - soldiers were called in to keep the watching crowds safe
Image caption The building's upper floors partially collapsed along with the surrounding scaffolding
Image caption The blaze was brought under control at about 03:00 BST

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