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UPDATE: Fire in Nene Parade, March, now under control

PUBLISHED: 17:15 15 March 2011

Firefighters tackling the blaze at a house in Nene Parade, March. Picture: BRIAN PURDY

Firefighters tackling the blaze at a house in Nene Parade, March. Picture: BRIAN PURDY

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March town centre was closed off this afternoon as firefighters tackled a blaze at a riverside property.

Smoke poured through the town centre as flames tore through a 100 year old cottage on Nene Parade.

Hundreds of onlookers crowded onto the town bridge to watch the drama unfold at the height of the fire, around 4pm.

But a spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was under control.

“It was a detached house which was well alight,” she said. “The neighbours on one side of it weren’t in, those on the other side had self-evacuated.

“Nene Parade is closed and some of the other roads around it may have been closed by police due to smoke.

“We were trying to stop the fire spreading and I believe we’ve now done that.”

As yet, the cause of the fire remains unknown. The alert was raised just after 3pm, when smoke was seen coming from the building. two fire crews from March and one from Chatteris were sent to the scene.

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