Blaze hits cafe

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Twenty firefighters spent hours tackling a blaze about a cafe in the town centre last night.

The Beds and Luton Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at Alexander Cafe in Harpur Street at around 8.30pm on Thursday after a fire broke out in the roof of the two-storey building.

Around 20 firefighters and three fire crews from Bedford and Kempston attended.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “It is a two-storey building and we were called to a fire in the roof space above.

“Firefighters with breathing apparatus went into the building to tackle the blaze. An aerial platform was also used so the fire was being tackled from both inside and outside.

“Fire crews also created an external vent to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent properties.”

The fire was extinguished at around 10pm, but firefighters stayed on the scene to tackle hotspots that were still burning.

They left the scene in the early hours, but returned this morning to carry out an inspection of the property.

An investigation into the cause of the fire started this morning and there are currently fire officers and scenes of crime officers from Beds Police at the building.

It is thought the cafe will remain closed today.