More than 100 evacuated amid fire at retirement apartment complex

Around 150 residents of a retirement complex have been evacuated from their homes after the building was ravaged by fire, police said.

Firefighters have been battling through the night to stop the blaze from spreading, with people living in nearby homes also asked to leave due to the flames and smoke.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called at 4.30pm on Thursday to reports of the blaze at the Beechmere complex in Rolls Avenue, Crewe.

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Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe from which 150 people were evacuated.
The remains of a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe where a fire broke out leading to 150 people being evacuated.
Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe from which 150 people were evacuated.
Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe from which 150 people were evacuated.
Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe from which 150 people were evacuated.
Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe from which 150 people were evacuated.
The remains of a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe where a fire broke out leading to 150 people being evacuated.
Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe from which 150 people were evacuated.
Firefighters at the scene of a blaze in a retirement home on Rolls Avenue in Crewe from which 150 people were evacuated.
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As of 10pm, 16 fire crews were at the scene, and a spokesman said the building had sustained "significant damage and has partially collapsed".

Police were called to assist with the incident, and said a number of the residents were relocated to crisis accommodation, while others were taken to an emergency rest centre.

People living nearby are being urged to keep their windows and doors closed.

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