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Durham blaze: Fire crews sent to Milburngate development Durham fire: Crews sent to Milburngate development
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The fire broke out at the new development on Durham's riverside The fire broke out in a wall at the new development on Durham's riverside
A large fire is being tackled at the site of a new shopping, leisure, office and housing development in Durham.A large fire is being tackled at the site of a new shopping, leisure, office and housing development in Durham.
Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said eight crews had been sent to Milburngate on the city centre's riverside. Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said eight crews had been sent to Milburngate on the city centre's riverside at just after 14:00 BST.
The fire service confirmed there had not been an explosion after reports. The fire service dismissed rumours there had been an explosion.
One person has been treated for smoke inhalation and people living nearby are being asked to close their windows and doors, a spokesperson said. Area manager Keith Wanley said "smoke swelling up as the wind changes direction" may have given that impression.
"On arrival we found that there was a fire in a cavity wall that runs along the outside of the development," he said.
"The fire is only in the cavity wall. We have got jets of water into the cavity wall to control the fire."
One person has been treated for smoke inhalation and people living nearby are being asked to close their doors and windows.
The development will house retail, leisure and office space, plus apartments and a hotelThe development will house retail, leisure and office space, plus apartments and a hotel
A representative for the developer, construction firm Tolent, said there were no further details about what had happened.A representative for the developer, construction firm Tolent, said there were no further details about what had happened.
Surrounding roads, Milburngate Bridge, Framwellgate and Crossgate Peth have been closed and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.Surrounding roads, Milburngate Bridge, Framwellgate and Crossgate Peth have been closed and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.
Some buses are being rerouted but train company LNER said its services were still operating as normal.
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