‘No casualties’ in the fire at Hope Street Yard in Cambridge
Firefighters worked until the early hours of this morning to extinguish a blaze that broke out a Hope Street Yard in Cambridge last night (Sunday, January 10)
Fire crews were called to a workshop in the yard at 9.30pm last night where they discovered a “well-developed” fire.
They have confirmed that it was accidental.
There were no casualties but officers from Cottenham, Sawston, Cambridge and Burwell wore breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze and did not return to their stations until 2am.
Last night, witness Piero D'Angelico, a hairdresser who works on Mill Road,told the Cambridge Independent on Sunday night: “It looks like a carpenter's place may be on fire. It seems to be behind the Cambridge Vintage shop. All the Hope Street 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 said: "Our Combined Fire Control received a call reporting the fire at 9.30pm on Sunday evening. Firefighters arrived to find a well developed fire involving in a business workshop premises. Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using hose reels and jets.
“No casualties were involved in the fire. The crews returned to their stations by 2am. The cause of the fire was accidental.”