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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:
Lee Smith, station manager at Harrogate, describes why the blaze - at a restaurant and flats - has been so difficult to deal with:
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.
Fire crews are still on the site of a fire at a restaurant in Harrogate, but the operation has been scaled down overnight.
North Yorkshire fire service said the smoke has reduced 'quite significantly.'
At the height of the blaze, more than 100 firefighters were battling the flames at Prezzo restaurant.
It's believed the fire started in the kitchen and then spread to the first floor.
An investigation has now been launched into the cause.
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."
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