City centre in flames — Maidenhead on LOCKDOWN as fireplace crews rush to deal with blaze

FIRE crews rushed to tackle a massive blaze which broke out in a large town in the southeast of England on Tuesday morning.

Almost all of the town centre in Maidenhead, Berks, was put on lockdown while emergency crews fought the flames.

Teams from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service tackled the blaze which affected Broadway, Queen Street and some of King Street.

At least 12 fire engines were reported to be on the scene in the town centre.

Footage filmed by police showed a cordon in place while flames leapt out of the upstairs window of a former nightclub.

Thames Valley Police said in a statement on Twitter: “We’re currently on scene at a large fire in Maidenhead town centre with @RBFRSofficial @MaidenheadFS.

“Most of the town centre is closed at this time due to safety cordons, please avoid the area until it is clear.”

Police warned the streets affected were “likely to be closed for some time”.

Eyewitness Mitchell Collier shared a video of the inferno on Twitter.

He wrote: “Woke up to the smell of smoke and blue flashing lights from behind the blinds.

“Woke up to the smell of smoke and blue flashing lights from behind the blinds”

Mitchell Collier, eyewitness

“Big fire this in Maidenhead, hope everyone from @RBFRSofficial is OK!”

The blaze started in an abandoned club on Queen Street.

Police have confirmed the fire started in a row of buildings which used to be the Roma nightclub.

A carpark on The Broadway was also closed, triggering fears of travel chaos for commuters.

Maidenhead is a large town close to Windsor with a population of more than 70,000.

The town lies around 25 miles west of London.

It is also the parliamentary constituency of PM Theresa May.

The Conservative Party leader has held the seat since 1997.