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An investigation is continuing into what's been described as the largest fire in Harrogate for years. Local residents and businesses have been allowed back into their properties to see the damage
At it's height around a hundred firefighters were needed to bring the blaze under control.
Sarah Clark has been speaking to local people who saw it close up.
Staff at Harrogate’s Natwest Bank are collecting food, toiletries, clothes and money to help support people affected by the blaze. One woman explained why she wanted to help:
Efforts are continuing to find out what caused a fire in Harrogate yesterday.
It started in a restaurant and spread to nearby shops and flats.
Calendar viewer Briony Rennison shot this footage of the damaged buildings:
Residents and shop owners were forced to look on helplessly as fire crews battled a blaze which broke out in a restaurant in Harrogate yesterday.
Briony Rennison shot this video:
Shop owners and residents are coming to terms with the damage caused by a fire that ripped through a row of shops yesterday in Harrogate.
Fencing and safety cordons remain around the buildings as fire crews make the scene safe and investigate the cause of the fire.
The community has rallied around those most affected and donations of food and clothing are being collected in a nearby bank.
Nearly 100 firefighters from across two counties have been tackling a blaze in the centre of Harrogate. It broke out in the kitchen of a restaurant this morning and soon spread to neighbouring flats. David Hirst reports.
Lee Smith from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says the fire in Harrogate is particularly difficult and dangerous to manage:
There are around 100 fire fighters at the scene of a restaurant fire in Harrogate.
Fire crews say it's difficult to bring under control because of the layout of the building, with the restaurant on the ground floor and flats above.
They've now had to withdraw from the building and fight it from the outside.
Thick smoke is still affecting visibility and people living nearby have been told to keep their windows shut.
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A designer working in Harrogate says it's difficult to see anything on the street near his office in Stray Rein.
Aaron Massingham said:
"It got to the point where smoke was so thick it started coming into our office which was about 50 meters away near Station bridge."
Two of our region's fire crews are now tackling a fire at a restaurant in central Harrogate.
Crews from across North Yorkshire were called to the restaurant on Albert Street, where the fire is believed to have started in the kitchen.
It quickly spread to the first floor, so West Yorkshire fire crews are now helping to get it under control.