A house fire in Caversham has closed a road and required the attention of at least four fire crews
Huge clouds of smoke were seen billowing from a house fire in Caversham on Thursday, September 1.
Firefighters have closed Oakley Road while they deal with the blaze.
At least four crews from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Thames Valley Police were called to the fire at around 7.50pm.
An eye witness reported seeing four fire crews, including one from Oxfordshire and “big flames” at the home.
Thames Valley Police’s duty inspector Andy O’Hanlon said officers were there assisting fire crews who had cordoned off the road at 8pm.
The smoke from the fire was so thick when police arrived officers were told to stay away from the site.
No one was inside the house when the fire started but three youths were allegedly seen running away from the scene.
Katrina Fuzesi and husband Steve, who own the house, have spent the summer renovating it.
Katrina said: “I’m a bit shocked. [Any other day] we would have been in the house, just by chance we weren’t.
“We are there most of the day and evenings, my husband is there most nights until midnight.
“It’s a real shame it was a lovely house.”
She added firefighters have told them to prepare themselves for a shock.
Fire closes Oakley Road in Caversham
PC James Taylor told a reporter that police expect to be at the scene all night.
Reading East MP, Rob Wilson (@RobWilson_RDG) tweeted: For those concerned re house fire in bungalow on Oakley hill, no one was inside. Great team of firefighters on site.
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