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7:38am 31st May 2014

Seven people have been treated by paramedics after a fire in St Austell.

It broken out on the ninth floor of Park House flats yesterday evening, just before 7.30pm.

Residents were evacuated, while five crews tackled the blaze amid fears there could be people trapped inside.

Teams using breathing apparatus launched a search, but say everyone was accounted for.

Ambulance crews say the people they saw had only suffered minor injuries.

Those living on the seven lower floors were able to return home after a few hours, while 24 others from higher levels were found emergency accommodation.

A litte after midnight a spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Currently two appliances from St Austell with twelve crew and a welfare vehicle from St Dennis remain in attendance. Firefighters are assisting housing officers, Emergency management and Police with returning residents back into the building."

An investigation is starting into what sparked the blaze.

7:38am 31st May 2014

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