UK: Massive blaze at the Assembly Rooms, Derby – Updated 140314 2148z

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are attending a massive blaze at the Assembly Rooms, Derby – they have 10 pumps +4 alps in attendance – they request people avoid the area

The Fire Service will be there for considerable time dealing with a fire which looks to have started in the plant room

Update 2148z:

Fire Brigade update 2139z: We will be scaling down operations at assembly rooms shortly,however will have a presence all night. Fire investigation to commence tomorrow.

The car park is currently closed following this evenings incident. If your car is in the assembly rooms car park you will not be able to enter the car park this evening & will not be able to access your car. The car park will be secure overnight vehicles will be safe. We hope you will be able to access your car tomorrow (sat 15/3) from 12 noon.please call the Carelink team to confirm details on 01332 642201. If you incur expense as a result of your car being kept overnight at the Assembly Rooms then please keep a receipt & the council will reimburse you. There will be no charge for your car being in the car park. – @DerbyshireFRS

Events cancelled: Assembly Rooms announce more event cancellations. http://t.co/qvr16iR7Vv

News Reports

BBC

Derby fire: Smoke seen from Assembly Rooms car park

Assembly Rooms car park Witnesses have reported seeing “large, thick, black smoke” in the skies above the city

A large fire has caused roads to be shut off in the centre of Derby.

Firefighters were called to tackle the blaze on the top floor of the Assembly Rooms car park in Market Place shortly before 18:00 GMT.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said 10 fire engines were at the scene and asked people to avoid the area because traffic delays have built up with the road closures.

Witnesses have reported seeing “large, thick, black plumes of smoke”.

Full Street is also closed between Sowter Road and Corporation Street.

BBC Radio Derby reporter Wesley Malin, who is at the scene, said it is believed the fire started in a room of the multi-storey car park where machinery is kept.

He said debris was also falling from the car park.

Derbyshire Police said they had widened the cordon with the danger of vehicles in the car park “exploding”.

A force representative said officers were in the process of evacuating nearby buildings.

Derby Live confirmed that dancer Anton Du Beke’s show, which had been scheduled for the Assembly Rooms on Friday night, had been cancelled.

Assembly Rooms car park BBC Radio Derby reporter Wesley Malin said debris could be seen falling from the car park

Massive blaze at Assembly Rooms car park in Derby – Derby Telegraph

“A LARGE fire has broken out at the top of the Assembly Rooms car park in Derby.

Three fire crews are on scene and are currently using water from the Derwent to tackle the blaze.

Fire fighters have been moved away from the scene due to the ferocity of the flames.

It appears the whole of the top floor of the Assembly Rooms car park is on fire.

Thick, acrid black smoke is filling the air as well as 30-40 foot flames.

The flames appear to be spreading quickly to the top of the Assembly Rooms itself.

Explosions have also been heard at the scene.

Joey Severn, a reporter at the scene has spoken to someone who works at the car park.

He said there are materials on the top of the car park which are hazardous and potentially explosive.

Joey added: “They are pumping water from the river up to the appliances next to the Assembly Rooms, the aerial platform is out however firefighters have been moved away due to the ferocity of the flames.

“The fire’s getting worse and there are fire tornadoes running along the edge of the building.” – derbytelegraph.co.uk

Video: http://bcove.me/flaulkfx

Video

Assembly Rooms fire, Derby City Centre

(Video credit: Chris Doidge) Taken at 6pm, 14/03/14

Derby assembly rooms fire

(Video credit: pedges77)

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