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Fire at student flats in York
10:42pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
by David Washington
FIREFIGHTERS tackled a serious fire in student flats in York on Tuesday night.
Five crews were called to the new Boulevard accommodation in Hull Road, on the site of the former dairy, at about 9.30pm
A fire broken out in the top floor of the four-storey building, and many students have had to evacuate. Around 25 are being re-housed for the night as they cannot return to their flats.
The alarm was raised automatically at around 9.30pm and firefighters arrived within five minutes. Crews from York, Acomb and Harrogate attended.
The site houses 122 University of York students, mostly first-year students, and the blocks were evacuated while the fire was tackled.
Students in Block A are being found alternative accommodation tonight.
The flat where the fire started was empty at the time but firefighters searched it to make sure. They are waiting for the student whose flat burned to return to the building, so they can talk to the as part of the investigation.
Station manager David Watson from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: "Fire crews knew they were fighting a serious fire on arriving."
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Sation Manager Watson said the fire had caused full smoke damage and partial fire damage to the flat, as well as some damage to the corridor.
Student Danielle Barlow, who lives in the block where the fire was, said: "It was horrible, you could see all the firefighters and it was scary as we did not have a clue what was going on. I won't sleep tonight."
George Offer, welfare officer for York University Students' Union, said: "We are really pleased with the speedy response from emergency services and hopefully there is not too much damage to facilities for students.