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VIDEO: Fire rips through abandoned shop and flats in Newbury Park

PUBLISHED: 16:59 05 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:00 05 March 2015

Firefighters tackle last night's blaze at the abandoned Discount Tile Centre, in Newbury Park

Firefighters tackle last night's blaze at the abandoned Discount Tile Centre, in Newbury Park

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Footage captured by an eye witness shows flames billowing out of an apartment window above the Discount Tile Centre in Eastern Avenue, near Newbury Park station.

Firefighters tackle last night's blaze at the abandoned Discount Tile Centre, in Newbury ParkFirefighters tackle last night's blaze at the abandoned Discount Tile Centre, in Newbury Park

Shishu Miah, assistant manager of the McDonald’s fast food restaurant located opposite, recorded the scenes on his phone and alerted the emergency services last night.

He said: “The fire was strong, there were large flames and they were moving to the next window.

“The flames were very hot, I could feel them from across the road.

“The customers were shocked and they congregated in the car park.”

Mr Miah called the fire service at around 10.30pm.

Crews from Ilford, Hainault, Romford, Woodford and Barking stations attended the scene with 35 firefighters needed to tackle the blaze.

Christina Cox, from Ilford fire station said: “The building was well alight when we arrived.

“Fire crews fought the fire on both sides of the building after tearing off metal security shutters to gain access to the burning area.

She added: “There was living accommodation on the first floor, but it was empty and no one was injured.”

The road was closed by the police and the fire was brought under control by 1pm.

The cause of the fire is unknown and currently under investigation.

Call our news desk on 0208 477 3825 or email ralph.blackburn@archant.co.uk.


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