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LIVE: The damage after a massive fire in Truro

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Published by Emma Carton at 10:08am 13th June 2018. (Updated at 5:38pm 13th June 2018)

Photos are revealing the extent of the damage after a huge fire in Truro

At its height, crews from across west Cornwall were battling the blaze at the sheltered housing unit.

Residents were evacuated from the properties on Merrifield Close when it broke out just after midnight.

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Neighbours described seeing acrid smoke and flames tearing through the roofs of several houses.

Luckily, no-one was hurt and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will begin an investigation on Wednesday.

See more photos from the scene and read the latest updates by scrolling through our live blog below.

5:38pm

Local Cornwall Council member, David Harris said: “Thankfully everybody is ok following last night’s fire. Cornwall Housing are now looking to ensure people have somewhere to go tonight.

"The fire service has been brilliant and responded very quickly and the fire investigators are on their way down.

"The local community in the area have been amazing and have pulled together to helped one another – showing a real sense of community spirit.”

5:37pm

Andrew Mitchell, Cabinet portfolio holder for homes at Cornwall Council said: “I want to say thank you to the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service for their rapid and professional response and to the local community, Cornwall Housing and Adult Social Care staff as everyone works together across the Council to help those affected by the fire at Merrifield Close. Thankfully everyone is safe and that is the main thing.”

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See more of the damage caused by the fire...

3:48pm

Update on damage and residents' homes:

Officials have revealed that 19 people were evacuated last night.

A housing officer is supporting residents.

Three properties have suffered fire damage and the residents of those properties have been helped to find temporary accommodation, some with friends and relatives, whilst one elderly resident was found temporary accommodation in a nearby Care Home.

The other residents of Merrifield Close have been able to return to their properties.

Housing officers are there today providing help and support to those affected and sorting out their longer term housing needs.

Due to the fire damage, some residents will not be able to return to their accommodation in the short term and the housing team will continue to help them.

2:29pm

Station manager Dave Pilling from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service...

12:22pm

Update from Devon and Cornwall Police:

DC Neil Renowden told Pirate FM: "Police were alerted to a fire in Merrifield Close in Truro and approximately 12.20am this morning.

"The fire had occurred across several joint properties and no casualties were reported.

"An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the fire and a scene guard is currently in place.

"We are currently appealing for any witnesses to the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact us via 101 quoting the crime reference number 051662".

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More photos from the scene...

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Residents describe the massive fire that evacuated houses in Truro:

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Photos reveal the damage after flames tore through the sheltered housing:

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