Flat fire - Trumpington - Cambridge

At 3.59am on Tuesday (27) we were called to a flat fire in Station Place, Trumpington.

Firefighters were called to a fire in a first floor flat in student accommodation. When crews arrived, the six storey building was evacuated of about 100 people.

Two crews from Cambridge, a crew from Cottenham, Linton, Burwell, and a support vehicle and command support unit from Huntingdon attended.

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels and a jet to extinguish the fire by 5am.

There were no casualties. A full fire investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire.

Update at 11.40am:

Following a fire investigation, the cause of the fire has been determined as accidental. It is believed the fire started in a small electrical item, namely a fan, which then spread to nearby combustible materials.

There was no one in the flat at the time of the fire.

Station Commander Matt Murdoch, fire investigator, added: “It is important residents remember to turn off electrical items when they are not in use and especially when you are not at home, particularly items like fans that are not designed to be left on around the clock. Although some significant damage has been caused to the flat, luckily, no one has been injured in this fire.”