Fire devastates restaurant in central Harrogate

18 fire engines are tackling a large blaze at Prezzo restaurant in central Harrogate.

Harrogate restaurant fire the largest for years

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.

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Harrogate fire damage realised one day on

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 surrounding buildings after fire

Fencing and safety cordons remain around the buildings as fire crews make the scene safe and investigate the cause of the fire.

Donations are being collected at a nearby bank

The community has rallied around those most affected and donations of food and clothing are being collected in a nearby bank.

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WATCH: Smoke still causing problems in Harrogate

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.

Credit: Stray FM

Smoke seeps into nearby buildings

Smoke seriously affecting visibility Credit: Aaron Massingham

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."

Nearby buildings affected by smoke Credit: Aaron Massingham

West Yorkshire firefighters called in to help

Fire started in Prezzo kitchen Credit: Jo Illingworth

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.

Smoke has engulfed central Harrogate Credit: Jo Illingworth

It quickly spread to the first floor, so West Yorkshire fire crews are now helping to get it under control.

Residents are warned to keep windows closed Credit: Jo Illingworth
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