A firece fire has raged in Bedford town centre in the early hours of Saturday morning.
More than 30 firefighters have been working through the night to tackle a blaze in the Old Town Hall, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, which was reported at 3am.
A member of the public dialled 999 and reported the sight of smoke at the disused multi storey 1960s office block.
The first fire crew to arrive requested further assistance, and within minutes six fire appliances and one of the service’s aerial platforms, based at Bedford, were at or en route to deal with the fire.
Fire crews from Bedford, Kempston, Harrold and Sandy then worked through the morning to tackle the fire.
Local roads were closed to assist access for emergency vehicles.
Relief crews were sent from Woburn, Shefford and Biggleswade fire stations to replace crews that had been tackling the fire since 3 a.m.
Firefighting was stil ongoing at 10am this morning - from inside and outside the building. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have been tackling the fire in the stairwell and on several floors inside the building; and also from the aerial platform, outside.
The Old Town Hall is a 6 storey concrete building, which is no longer in use and is in the process of being demolished.
A spokesperson for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Our firefighters and control staff have been working extremely hard throughout the night to contain the fire. Good progress is being made with what is a difficult and complex fire.”