A huge blaze completely ravaged a Grade II-listed building in Derby on Tuesday morning until its roof was in ashes on the ground.
At around 01:13 BST the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) team was called to tackle the blaze which had started at Friar Gate Goods Yard, off Stafford Street.
Flames are tearing through the building and the firefighters are making use of the water facility from the nearby Markeaton Brook to ease the blaze. It is believed that the derelict railway warehouse which was constructed in the 1870s was empty at the time of the blaze.
Mr Murtagh said: “We’re unable to access the building at the moment. The building is on a large patch of open ground. There have been reports of homeless people here previously.”
He added that firefighters will “probably be here for some time yet” as the structure is “dangerous” and crews are unable to tackle the fire from the inside.
Due to the incident, a number of roads which include Stafford Street, Uttoxeter New Road, Agard Street, Friar Gate as well as Great Northern Road had to be closed for safety reasons.
Before the incident, the public had been urged by the Derbyshire Armed Resource Unit (DARU) to avoid the scene and also keep their windows shut.
A tweet from the force said: “Lots of smoke over Derby city centre while @DerbyshireFRS deal with a large fire at the old bonded warehouse on Friargate goods yard.
“We’ve just caught people trying to get into the site to have a look. Please keep away from the area and keep your windows closed.”