Peterborough's former Toys R Us store goes up in flames

Peterborough's former Toys R Us store in Bourges Boulevard has gone up in flames.

Tuesday, 23rd April 2019, 6:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd April 2019, 8:18 am
A photo of the fire sent in by Toby Wood, which was taken by his granddaughter

Eight fire crews have been battling through the early hours of the morning to put out the blaze , with the last firefighter only leaving the scene shortly before 5am.

The fire was first reported at midnight and could be seen from a distance.

Police closed Bourges Boulevard between Westfield Road and Mayor’s Walk as firefighters from both Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire tackled the blaze.

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A photo of the fire sent in by Toby Wood, which was taken by his granddaughter

The road reopened at around 5am.

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

One crew will return to the scene later this morning to reinspect the site.

The spokeswoman said there were no reports of any injuries.

A photo of the fire from British Transport Police

The store closed last year after the retailer went into administration.

The video was taken by Community First Peterborough.

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Fire crews as the scene. Photo: @EyePeterborough
The building on fire. Photo: @EyePeterborough
The former Toys R Us building