Building fire - City centre - Cambridge

Two crews from Cambridge were called to a fire in a bedroom on the third floor of Jimmy' Night Shelter in East Road.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire, about 30 metres by 25 metres, and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the smoke and returned to their station by 2.37am.

The building was evacuated prior to the fire service's arrival.

Station Commander Stuart Smith, of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The smoke alarms allowed people to evacuate at the earliest opportunity to a place of safety and the fire doors helped confine the smoke and fire to the room of origin.”

A fire investigation is now underway to determine the cause.


Update - Friday November 11

A fire investigation has detemined the cause of the fire was accidental from discarded smoking materials.

Station Commander Stuart Smith said: “It is very important to ensure smoking materials are disposed of safely, including emptying ash trays into metal containers. These materials, if left burning, can easily start a fire that can spread through a building very quickly.

“This building had excellent fire safety precautions in place and staff were alerted to the fire very quickly. This meant they were able to evacuate the building rapidly. The quick actions of the staff also meant the fire spread was contained to a small area.”