At 5.42am on Wednesday (27) crews were called to a fire on Cromwell Road in Romsey ward, Cambridge.
Firefighters arrived to find a well-developed fire involving the roof of a two-storey house, which was spreading to neighbouring properties.
Around 40 firefighters, including crews from Cambridge, Cottenham, Linton, Papworth, Huntingdon and Newmarket in Suffolk attended the incident.
The house and two neighbouring properties were evacuated safely.
Crews remain at the scene tackling the fire.
Those planning their journeys to school/work should allow extra time for their journeys and avoid the area. Cromwell Road is currently closed to vehicles and pedestrians.
Update – 9.30am
Crews have extinguished the fire and are now making the area safe. An investigation will be taking place to determine the cause of the fire.
People are still advised to avoid the area as there are still fire engines at the scene.
Update - 11am
Crews remain at the scene of a fire on Cromwell Road in Cambridge. The fire is now out and crews are working on making the area safe. The fire investigation is underway to determine the cause. The road remains closed to vehicles but has reopened to pedestrians.
Update - 3pm
The fire investigation is ongoing and crews remain at the scene making the area safe. Cromwell Road has reopened to all traffic.
Update - Friday March 1
Following an extensive investigation, made more challenging by the extent of the damage, the cause of the fire was found to be accidental.
Station Commander Stocker Standen, the officer in charge of the incident, said: “This was a well-developed fire when the first crews arrived at the scene, spreading to the neighbouring properties. The quick thinking of the first crews on scene to call for additional support allowed them to aggressively tackle the fire.
“The quick thinking and hard work of the crews has confined most of the damage to property where the fire started. The buildings either side do have some minor damage but nothing that makes them uninhabitable, so this was a really effective stop from the crews initially on the scene.
“Fortunately there were working smoke alarms in the property, which alerted the residents and allowed them to evacuate the property safely before the crews arrived at the scene. This shows the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home as they provide that early warning to residents when a fire starts. This is a good reminder for people to check they have working smoke alarms, preferably on every floor of their property, and to make sure they are tested and cleaned regularly.
“We received some great support while crews were working at this incident. Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Gym provided refreshment and a rest area for residents and staff. Also the British Red Cross provided excellent support with their Fire and Emergency Support Services (FESS) vehicle. The Highways Agency also assisted us greatly with the road closure we had to put in place.”