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Building fire - Chatteris - Fenland

At 8pm on Friday (16) crews were called to a fire on West Park Street in Chatteris.

Crews from Chatteris, March, Ramsey and Huntingdon attended the incident.

Firefighters arrived to find a well-developed fire on the ground floor of a chip shop, which was spreading quickly to other parts of the building, including the roof. Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using hose reels and returned to their stations by 10.20pm.

Station Commander Pete Jones, the officer in charge of the incident, said: “The fire developed very quickly due to the build-up of grease and fat from the fryers. Once the fire got into the vents, it spread to other parts of the building and into the roof space.

“It is important for any food preparation business to ensure the filters and the vents are cleaned regularly to ensure no fat or grease builds up. These deposits, if left over time, can present a significant risk of fire spread.”