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Residents 'displaced' after big fire in Plymouth

Residents 'displaced' after big fire in Plymouth

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:12pm 5th September 2018.

Residents have been 'temporarily displaced' after a big fire broke out in a block of flats in Plymouth.

Police, firefighters and paramedics all got the shout to Savage Road in St Budeaux.

The blaze broke out on the ground floor of the six-storey building just before 11am on Wednesday morning.

Five residents were rescued from the building by firefighters and treated by ambulance.

Two people suffered minor smoke inhalation and have been taken to Derriford Hospital.

All residents have now been accounted for. Around 30 people from the 12 flats within the building have been temporarily displaced.

A respite centre has been set up at Tamar View Community Centre in Miers Close to provide support for residents while housing options are considered.

The building is without power at this time and firefighters remain at the scene to identify any further hazards.

A cordon is in place for the safety of the public and for emergency services to carry out their work. Savage Road is closed at Poole Park Road.

Police and fire investigators are working together to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the fire.

Acting Superintendent Rob Mooney, from Crownhill police station, said: "At present the exact circumstances as to how the fire began are subject to investigation by fire and police.

"This was a major incident and I would praise the swift response of all of the emergency services and partner agencies.

"We are very thankful that there were a low number of casualties and injuries were minor.

"Residents are being cared for at the respite centre and we are grateful for their co-operation at this difficult time."

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