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Properties evacuated after Carlisle fire

Police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are investigating a fire at a residential garage in the Newby West area of Carlisle which occurred at around 4:40am today (May 24).

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “Wigton Road was closed for a short time and a local evacuation of properties took place, the road has since reopened and residents have been allowed to return to their homes.”

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “At 4:27am three fire engines from Carlisle East, Carlisle West and Wigton attended reports of a fire at Garden village Newby West.

“On arrival crews found a garage attached to a domestic property to be well alight.

“Crews extinguished the fire using six breathing apparatus, two hose reels, a triple extension ladder and one main jet.

“Crews were in attendance for approximately five hours.”

If anyone has any information on this fire or the cause please contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101 quoting log 26 of the 24th or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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