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Blazing Bedford office block workers in rooftop rescue

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Image caption The fire broke out in a building under renovation in Harpur Street, Bedford, trapping three workers on the roof

Three people had to be rescued from a blazing roof after becoming trapped on top of a Bedford office block.

The fire broke out in a building being renovated in Harpur Street, leaving three workers stranded on the top floor of the four-storey block.

More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze which started shortly before 17:30 BST on Wednesday.

One of those rescued was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

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Image caption Firefighters fought the blaze for some time, finally putting it out after 19:00 BST
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Image caption The roof was completely gutted by the blaze

The fire destroyed half of the roof but most of the rest of the building was undamaged, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

It took about an hour-and-a-half to bring the blaze under control, but firefighters' efforts had been "hampered by the high winds" which made the rooftop rescue more difficult, a fire service spokesman said.

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