Cambridge Mill Road shop fire sees homes evacuated

Fire on Mill Road, Cambridge Image copyright Milly March
Image caption The blaze started on Mill Road late on Monday night

Residents were evacuated from their homes as firefighters fought a blaze which started in a shop and spread to two flats above.

About 90 firefighters spent the night tackling the fire on Mill Road, Cambridge, which started at about 23:20 BST on Monday.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said there were no reports of injuries.

Part of the road is closed and people have been asked to avoid the area, and residents advised to keep windows shut.

Piero D'angelico, from the Mill Road Trade Association, said the fire had affected electrical shop H Gee which has been trading for more than 80 years.

"It's one of the longest-running businesses on Mill Road," he said.

Mr D'angelico said neighbours called him about the fire at about 23:20 and he found the shop's owner outside.

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Image caption Flames could be seen coming from a flat above shops on the road
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Image caption Smoke was seen billowing from the fire

"Instead of worrying about his place burning down, he was apologising to everybody," he said.

Those evacuated from nearby flats were taken to the mosque where they were given food and water.

"It's amazing how the community got together really rapidly, helping each other," he added.

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Image caption A large cordon remains in place as much of the city end of the road is closed off

Crews remained at the scene on Tuesday while the incident was brought under control, police said.

A spokesman confirmed the city end of Mill Road was closed to both pedestrians and vehicles from Mawson Road to the railway bridge.

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Image caption A local supermarket donated food and the Salvation Army made sandwiches for the firefighters

Fire crews were served refreshments by Salvation Army volunteers who said evacuees would be offered overnight accommodation if it was needed.

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