An investigation is under way into the cause of a flat fire that has left many people homeless in Nottingham.
Video: Block of flats on fire where Raleigh Street meets Gamble Street
Some of the residents are being forced to live in temporary accommodation, some are staying in hotels whilst others are being put up in university halls whilst fire officers are trying to establish the cause of the fire.
Fire crews rushed to a Radford block of flats on Tuesday 21 March this week that is thought to be started by a blocked flue.
The flats are located on the corner of Raleigh Street and Gamble Street in Nottingham City Centre.
There is a total of 33 flats in the block, which are either owned or part-owned by the residents.
Video: Residents footage of Nottinghamshire Fire and Recue Service putting out the blaze
The Metropolitan Housing Association provide maintenance for the block of flats.
A spokesperson from Metropolitan said: “We are awaiting the report from the Fire Investigation team as to the cause of Tuesday’s fire. Meanwhile, assessments are underway to determine the full extent of the damage and the repairs work required.”
We could feel the heat of the fire across the road, we just watched it in awe”
SHANE BYRNE, EYEWITNESS
Eye witness, Shane Byrne said, “We could feel the heat of the fire across the road, we just watched it in awe. (It) should have been chaotic but the fire fighters were so calm.”
Another neighbour, Jack Aggie also commented on the matter saying, “The windows started smashing out and that’s when it took a frightening turn, the flames were vicious and it was quite scary.”
Kieran Goncalves, Vice Present for Community at Nottingham Trent Students Union said: “The main advice would be to make sure that they know the Students’ Union is there for you if you’re going through these times.
“It’s a horrible thing to have happened so we’re just trying to make sure students don’t stress about it as much as possible.”
Audio: Kieran Goncalves speaks about the support offered by the university.
Any students affected by the fire are being asked to liaise with their landlords or landlords’ agents if they have any queries relating to the matter.
Additional support and advice is available from the student accommodation teams at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University.