Berkshire

Windsor building partially collapses during major fire

A building has partially collapsed following a major fire in Windsor.

No-one was injured in the blaze, which began at about 22:00 BST on Tuesday and which was tackled by more than 80 firefighters.

The terraced property, opposite the Two Brewers pub on Park Street, was undergoing renovation work.

The fire is now under control and there is no risk to any of the Crown properties, according to Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

About 12 people were forced to move to temporary accommodation for the night owing to the fire's close proximity to residential properties.

The upper floors of the building - the usage and owners of which have not yet been established - partially collapsed along with the surrounding scaffolding.

Crews came from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London, Oxfordshire and Surrey to fight the fire, while police were required to manage crowds of onlookers.

The fire service cordoned off the area and said it expected to be on-site for several hours.

As yet there is no indication as to the cause of the fire.

Windsor fire, Park Street
Declan Lepage who filmed the blaze, described it as "quite surreal... like a scene from a film"
Windsor fire, Park Street
Crews in 18 fire engines from across five counties were called to the incident
Windsor fire, Park Street
Windsor Castle allowed firefighters to use its water - soldiers were called in to keep the watching crowds safe
Windsor fire, Park Street
The building's upper floors partially collapsed along with the surrounding scaffolding
Windsor fire, Park Street
The blaze was brought under control at about 03:00 BST

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