Fire breaks out at Hope Street Yard in Cambridge
Firefighters tackled a blaze that broke out at Hope Street Yard in Cambridge.
The fire is believed to have affected a wood yard. Firefighters arrived just after 9.30pm on Sunday, January 10.
Witness Piero D'Angelico, a hairdresser who works on Mill Road, told the Cambridge Independent: “It looks quite bad.”
Standing within view of the site on Sunday night, he added: “We don’t know if anyone is hurt yet.”
“It looks like a carpenter’s place may be on fire. It seems to be behind the Cambridge Vintage shop. All the Hope Yard traders are down here - I feel so sorry for them. They are obviously very worried. I received messages from friends about the fire at around 10.30pm and came down to see if I could help.
“But it's so dark and no one can really see what the damage is yet.”
Another onlooker, Simon Nuttall, wrote on Twitter that he “smelled the smoke a quarter of a mile away.”
He explained: “Mostly woodsmoke, no one thought to be hurt, it’s a wood yard going up. Still burning as I txt but firefighters seem calm.”
He told the Cambridge Independent just after 11pm on Sunday: “The fire appears to be well under control and a firefighter said no one was hurt. From Argyle Street, an observer said the flames were as tall as the trees.”
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed crews from Cottenham, Sawston, Cambridge and Burwell were called.
They wore breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire using hose reels and jets.
They were back at their station by 2am.
Hope Street Yard, off Mill Road, is renowned for being home to a number of independent traders.