Reading fire: Several homes destroyed and residents evacuated as blaze engulfs houses

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A massive fire has torn through a residential street in Reading, destroying several houses.

People living on Red Cottage Drive in Calcot were evacuated shortly after the fire broke out and the alarm was raised during the early hours of Friday morning.

Thames Valley Police said a number of residential properties have been destroyed by the large-scale blaze.

According to the website uksocialhousing.co.uk, there are thought to be 49 registered social housing properties in the area.

Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police all attended the scene and Red Cottage Drive was completely closed off.

No serious injuries have been reported so far but residents continued to be evacuated from the scene.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Residents who live locally but not in the immediate vicinity were being urged to keep their doors and windows closed while the emergency services dealt with the incident.

Any displaced residents were urged to head to the Calcot Infant School, which was being set up as a triage centre.

Police advised the residents, upon arrival at the triage centre, to inform assistants what property they were from, whether their vehicles remained on Red Cottage Drive, any medication they may require and if any pets had been left at their home addresses.

The fire service said last night: “At present, several residential properties have been destroyed by the fire and residents are being evacuated from the scene.

“There are no serious injuries reported at present, but further evacuations are under way.”

At around 1.45am TVP West Berkshire tweeted: “We are currently on the scene alongside Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service of a largescale residential fire in Red Cottage Drive, Calcot.

“At present, several residential properties have been destroyed by the fire and residents are being evacuated from the scene. There are no serious injuries reported at present, but further evacuations are under way.

“Residents in the local area who are not in the immediate vicinity are urged to keep doors and windows closed while emergency services deal with the incident. Any displaced residents should head to the Calcot Infant School, which is being set up as a triage centre.”

555,358 incidents were attended by fire and rescue services in England in the year ending December 2021. This was a five per cent increase compared with the previous year. Of all the incidents, fires accounted for 27 per cent.