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Fire at a Carlisle chip shop

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Firefighters responded to a call reporting a fire at a chip shop on Warwick Road this morning.

When they arrived, they found a fire in a fryer on the ground floor of the two storey property.

Nobody was trapped in the building, and the fire has now been extinguished.

Roads reopen after Carlisle fire

The area was cordoned off this morning but has now reopened Credit: ITV Border

Newton Road, and the surrounding area, has reopened following a fire this morning.

Dozens of homes and offices were evacuated from the area, which was cordoned off, following fears that gas cylinders at the scene might explode.

However an expert has now deemed the streets involved to be safe, and all restrictions have been lifted.


Carlisle fire: 'Everybody's been moved off the street'

Dozens of homes and offices have been evacuated from the area surrounding a fire in Carlisle.

Properties on Newton Road, including a nursery, were evacuated following fears that gas cylinders might explode.

Police have put a 200 metre cordon around the building, and the exclusion zone will remain in place until experts check that the acetylene cylinders there are safe.

Crèche evacuated from scene of 'hazardous' fire

Firefighters at the scene working to extinguish the blaze Credit: ITV Border

Crews at the scene of the fire at Newton Road in Carlisle have described the situation as 'hazardous".

They say the 200m exclusion zone currently set up will remain in place until experts check that the acetylene cylinders there are safe. If overheated, they warn the cylinders could be like a "bomb going off".

A nearby nursery has been evacuated, alongside other neighbours, in attempt to get people a safe distance away from the building while firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.

It's a busy place with a number of businesses in close proximity. When acetylene is involved in a fire we need to put a 200m cordon in place so it was a busy workload for the two pumps who arrived first.

"Acetylene cylinders can be like a bomb going off if they are overheated so they are a dangerous projectile.

"It's been very hazardous. Lots of people, a crèche to evacuate and it's that window of opportunity to get people out quickly while we're extinguishing the fire."

– Bruce Wilson, Watch manager from Cumbria Fire & Rescue

In pictures: the Carlisle fire

Fire and rescue services were called to the scene Credit: ITV Border

A fire that broke on Newton Road this morning has closed many roads in the surrounding area. No one was injured.

A hose working to extinguish the blaze inside the business Credit: ITV Border
Smoke billowing at the scene Credit: ITV Border
The area was cordoned off by tape Credit: ITV Border

No injuries in Carlisle fire that's closed multiple roads

Firefighters at the scene working to extinguish the blaze Credit: ITV Border

No one has been injured in the fire at a business on Newton Road.

Newtown Road and roads immediately surrounding the area (Port Road, Infirmary Street, and Ashley Street) will be closed for approximately five hours.

Emergency services are continuing to deal with the situation.

The fire affected a business on Newton Road Credit: ITV Border


Emergency services called to Carlisle fire

Emergency services at the scene on Newton Road Credit: ITV Border

Emergency services are currently dealing with a fire in Carlisle.

Police were called to the scene at Newtown Road at 10:56am today.

The road is currently closed, and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Fire fighters working to put out the flames Credit: ITV Border

Fatal fire in Silloth

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Investigations are underway after a fatal house fire in Silloth yesterday.

Firefighters were called to an incident at a property on Solway Street at 12.44, although the fire was out on arrival.

The fatality was confirmed at the scene and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Fire chief praises locals and businesses following major Kendal blaze

Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions Credit: Cumbria County Council

People and businesses in Kendal have been praised for their patience following a major fire on the town’s northern outskirts over the weekend.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions said the way local people co-operated with emergency services following the fire at a joinery that spread rapidly to the Furmanite plant was a crucial factor in allowing fire crews to get the blaze under control.

North West Fire Control received an emergency call reporting a fire at industrial premises on Mintsfeet Road off the A6 at 8.13pm on Saturday. A crew was deployed immediately and left Kendal fire station within four minutes.

Within nine minutes there were two fire crews with two engines at the scene and six fire engines and a high-volume pump drawing water from the River Kent on the scene within the hour.

The incident was ultimately attended by 14 fire engines and around 70 firefighters.

Mr Onions confirmed that the incident has now been scaled down, although one crew is still in attendance to carry out ongoing damping work on the final building where a small pockets of fire occasionally ignite from the debris.

"This was a challenging incident which required a multi-agency response and drew on Cumbria’s fire and rescue resources from around the county. Ultimately our performance is measured in how we responded and I am delighted that everything ran so efficiently, speedily and smoothly. Thanks to this response, we saved lives and also helped save some of the neighbouring businesses, who could have been caught up in the incident to a far greater degree.

“I would like to thank the people of Kendal in co-operating fully during this incident, coping with the inevitable pressures on traffic that closing a major arterial route into the town caused, and letting us get on with the job in hand.”

– Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer, Jim Onions
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