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Thirty evacuated from flats fire

Firefighters at Lorne Park Road
Residents were cared for at a nearby police station

About 30 people were evacuated from their homes after fire broke out at flats in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Fire crews were called to Lorne Park Road, Lansdowne, just before 0530 GMT.

The blaze is thought to have started at the back of an adjoining commercial property in Old Christchurch Road, below the flats.

The displaced residents were cared for at a nearby police station and Lorne Park Road remained closed until shortly before 0800 GMT.

A spokesman for Dorset Fire and Rescue said although the fire was relatively small, smoke had risen into the flats above.

The alarm was raised by a resident who noticed smoke in a communal corridor. Fire crews said there were no smoke detectors in the building.

Residents have since been allowed to return to their homes.

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