Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Tivoli pub fire causes building collapse

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A major fire has devastated a riverside pub in Cambridge, leaving it structurally unsafe.

Crews were called to the blaze at the Wetherspoon's Tivoli pub on Chesterton Road at about 03:00 GMT. Nobody was inside at the time.

About 40 firefighters remain at the scene and are "fighting the fire from above as part of the building has collapsed", the fire service said.

It is believed the fire started in a kitchen, a Wetherspoon spokesman said.

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Image caption The fire is expected to burn until late Saturday lunchtime
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Image caption About 40 firefighters remain at the scene of the Tivoli pub fire

Roads around the pub are expected to remain closed until early afternoon and the Cam, which flows at the rear of the pub, has been closed to river traffic as there are concerns the building might collapse further.

Eddie Gershon, from the pub chain, said: "The fire appears to have been a gas fire, starting in the kitchen.

"The top floor and roof are the worst affected areas, but the roof has burnt through and the fire brigade are stating it is currently unsafe.

"The ground floor and lower floor have suffered smoke damage, but otherwise remain untouched."

Image caption River traffic has been stopped running by the pub due to safety concerns
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Image caption The fire remains alight, with crews tackling the blaze from above

Brenan Morgan, Cambridge station commander, said: "The fire was well developed when we arrived and the risk was too dangerous to put crews in.

"The roof collapsed shortly after arrival."

People were evacuated from the adjoining Boathouse pub which has not been affected by the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Image caption The roof of the Tivoli collapsed in the early hours of the morning
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Image caption The Tivoli pub is a converted cinema that was built in the 1920s

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