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People 'feared trapped in blaze'

Fears are growing that homeless people may have been trapped inside a disused building in East Yorkshire which has been destroyed by fire.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at a former residential home off Rawcliffe Road, Goole, early on Monday.

Fire officers have been told the site is often used by people sleeping rough.

However, the building is currently too dangerous to enter. Search and rescue experts are being consulted about mounting a search operation later.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Glenn Ramsden said: "There is a possibility there may have been fatalities as local intelligence tells us that the building has been used by a lot of people.

"However, it is structurally unsound after being badly damaged in the fire so we're not sending anyone in yet.

"I think it is important that, somehow, we do get a team in there and search the building."

He said an urban search and rescue team based in West Yorkshire and a search dog unit from Louth in Lincolnshire were being consulted.




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