Damage after Harrogate restaurant fire

A fire in Harrogate town centre, which started in the kitchens of a Prezzo restaurant, quickly spread to the first floor and to other buildings around it.

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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.

Smoke 'significantly reduced' after Harrogate fire

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.

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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.

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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
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