Nottingham

Radford fire: Oxygen cylinders cause roof fire

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Two big explosions in a terraced street in Nottingham caused several roofs to catch fire.

The blaze hit houses on Birkin Avenue, Radford, shortly before 18:00 GMT on Wednesday. Residents reported hearing "loud bangs".

Seven oxygen cylinders being stored in the loft of a house caused the fire which quickly spread to three other properties in the terraced row.

No-one was injured and the fire service said they were investigating the cause.

No insurance

Landlord Aris Sula, who had spent thousands of pounds renovating his house, said his property had been "completely ruined".

His property was also not insured.

"I'm gutted. I'm very sad to see the property be destroyed," he said.

"I had spent a lot of money on it and it was ready to be occupied.

"The whole house has been burnt, it is complete devastation. We should count ourselves lucky that nobody has been hurt."

Resident Bello Mohammed added: "We heard an explosion like two big bangs and we all came out and just saw fire."

Up to 15 firefighters worked through the night to tackle the blaze and many were still at the scene on Thursday morning.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes on Thursday afternoon.

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