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Firefighters tackle major fire in Tidworth

Picture credited to Joe Glanville

A number of fire crews from Wiltshire and Hampshire have spent hours dealing with a major fire at an old bank in Tidworth.

Teams spent hours dealing with flames and smoke coming from the former Lloyds Bank building on Station Road overnight.

It's been confirmed no one's been hurt but nearby residents did have to be evacuated from their homes.

Eight fire engines were sent to the scene.

A community centre was placed on standby to help anyone affected, but it wasn't needed in the end.

These updates have been posted on social media.

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service issued this statement:

"An investigation is now underway into the cause of a fire in Station Road, Tidworth last night (3 October).

"Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called at 10.33pm to an unoccupied single storey building well alight.

"Nine fire crews – from Ludgershall, Amesbury, Salisbury (two), Pewsey and Marlborough, and Andover (two) and Redbridge, from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service - were sent to the scene, along with an incident command vehicle from Devizes and an operational support unit from Swindon.

"Four breathing apparatus wearers, four hose reel jets and four main jets were used to bring the blaze under control. Firefighters have remained on scene overnight, with relief crews being brought in from Corsham, Wilton, Ramsbury and Bradford on Avon.

"Damping down is continuing this morning (4 October) while a fire investigator and Wiltshire Police investigate what happened."

DS Matt Smith from Wiltshire Police's Salisbury CID said:

"We are currently investigating the fire to ascertain the exact circumstances of how it started. We would like to hear from anyone who has information. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area? Did you see any suspicious vehicles? Did you drive along Station Road between 10-1045 pm and have dash cam?"

Inspector Liz Coles from Wiltshire Police said:

"We are working closely with our colleagues in the fire service to establish the cause of this fire. Local residents will likely see an increased police presence as carry out our investigations. It is important that anyone with information comes forward as this could easily have been a very serious incident. We are grateful for any help from the community and appreciate the understanding of local residents as we go about our work."

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