Fire destroys part of St Clement house in Jersey

Roof destroyed by fire
Image caption Jersey's fire service said the roof was destroyed and part of the house had collapsed

Part of an abandoned house has collapsed after it caught fire in St Clement in Jersey.

Jersey's fire service has been tackling the blaze while police said nobody was in the house at the time and nobody is believed to have been hurt.

A police spokesman said there was no danger to nearby properties but roads in the area had been closed.

Senior fire officer at the scene Martin Maguire said the property had been empty for a number of years.

"We have had a bit of a collapse there as well," he said.

"The owners are quite upset understandably and I have been asking them questions about how the fire could have started."

Eye witness Andy Newton, manager of La Hocq bar and restaurant, said: "When it first started there seemed to be a lot of smoke and then the fire was coming out of the roof.

"The smoke is still coming out but there is no fire and all the roof is gone."

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