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Town centre flat destroyed in fire but no one badly hurt.

A FIRE has destroyed a Middlesbrough flat.

Fire crews from Middlesbrough, Grangetown and Stockton rushed to the scene on Borough Road, central Middlesbrough, at 6.15pm yesterday and were there for nearly two hours.

A neighbouring flat was also badly damaged by smoke, while a hallway and stairs were completely wrecked by fire.

Nobody was seriously injured. An eyewitness who lives nearby said: "People on Abingdon Road came out and knocked on my door and I spotted the smoke.

"There was no one inside that I know of.

"I've been sat outside for an hour - I've only just been allowed back in.

"I called the fire brigade when I saw it. The fire was on the second floor. Someone on Abingdon Road saw it from their house.

"There were about six fire brigade units, one ambulance crew and four police. They shut the road off. There was no flames, just thick black smoke.

"It must have been hot because it popped the back window out."

Borough Road was closed off from Abingdon Road while crews dealt with the fire. The road reopened at around 8pm, and just a police cordon remained in place around the house.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Fire Brigade said the flat at the terraced property, which joins on to the Age UK charity shop, was 50% fire damaged and 100% smoke damaged.

They added: "All persons were accounted for."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Sep 29, 2017
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