Durham residents told to ‘stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed’ after construction fire

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Residents have been told to ‘stay inside and keep windows and doors closed’ after smoke rises over downtown Durham as fire crews tackle a massive construction fire in the old city passport office

  • Eight fire crews tackle cavity wall fire at new construction site in Durham
  • The photographs showed thick plumes of smoke rising above the city center
  • The fire department confirmed the fire was contained in a cavity wall at the site
  • Residents nearby were advised to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed










Local residents have been warned to stay indoors and keep their windows closed as fire crews tackle a large blaze at a Durham construction site.

Eight fire crews used water jets to tackle massive fire after cavity The outer wall of the new Milburngate development in the town center caught fire on Wednesday afternoon.

It was initially believed that there had been an explosion at the site, which was once a passport office, but County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Services confirmed there had been no explosion report.

Firefighters from Durham, Spennymoor, High Handenhold and Newton Aycliffe were called in to deal with the blaze just after 2 p.m.

Photographs showed thick plumes of smoke rising above the city as firefighters rushed to the scene to deal with the blaze.

Eight fire crews are on the scene after a cavity wall passing outside the Milburngate construction site in Durham caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. In the photo: smoke at the scene

Fire departments area manager Keith Wanley confirmed the blaze was contained within the cavity wall and said eight fire crews were using water jets to control the blaze.

Mr Wanley insisted that there had been no reports of an explosion, adding: ‘What the public can see is smoke that swells as the wind changes direction, this who can worry them. “

He urged people to avoid the area and advised residents of neighboring properties to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.

A statement posted on Twitter by County Durham and the Darlington Fire and Rescue Service at 3:20 pm read: “Eight crews are at the scene of a fire in the Milburngate development.

“We would like to confirm that there is no report of an explosion and that we are dealing with a large fire at the construction site.

“Please avoid the area and find an alternate route home. ”

Photographs showed thick plumes of smoke rising above the city as firefighters rushed to the scene to deal with the blaze

It was initially believed that there had been an explosion at the site, but fire departments have confirmed that there were no reports of an explosion.

Photographs showed thick plumes of smoke rising above the city as firefighters rushed to the scene just after 2 p.m. to deal with the blaze

Arriva North East has confirmed that all services have been cut off due to the fire in the city center, but trains are still operating normally.

A statement from Arriva added: “Services will resume as follows: – Wharton Park (North Road) Services 61, 62, 64 and X12. Sutton Street – all other Arriva services. ‘

Mary Kelly Foy, MP for Durham City, urged people to “stay safe” and “avoid the area altogether”.

A statement posted on Twitter by County Durham and the Darlington Fire and Rescue Service at 3:20 pm read: “Eight crews are at the scene of a fire in the Milburngate development.  We would like to confirm that there is no explosion report and that we are dealing with a large fire at the construction site '

They added that people would have to find an alternate route home.  Above: Plumes of smoke rising from the construction site

A statement posted on Twitter by County Durham and the Darlington Fire and Rescue Service at 3:20 pm read: “Eight crews are at the scene of a fire in the Milburngate development. We would like to confirm that there is no explosion report and that we are dealing with a major fire at the construction site. Please avoid the area and find an alternative route home ‘

Police and ambulance services are also present, while firefighters have confirmed they will be at the scene for several hours.

A Durham Police statement read: ‘Fire crews are currently at the scene of a fire in the Milburngate development in Durham City.

“Milburngate Bridge is currently closed, as are Framwellgate Peth and Crossgate Peth.

“We are asking people to avoid the area and find an alternative route.”

A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 2:09 am to report a fire at the Milburngate development in downtown Durham.

“We sent three vehicles from our hazardous area response team and a double-crewed ambulance. We are currently still on the scene.

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