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Massive explosion in Derby as fire breaks out on roof

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There have been reports of an explosion in Derby leading to a large fire breaking out.

Photos and video from the scene show smoke billowing into the air from the blaze in the city centre.

Mohammed Alabbar, a computer science student at the University of Derby told Derbyshire Live he heard an explosion: It was the scariest moment of my life. It was so loud – I could tell it was really serious.

'Massive explosion' in Derby as fire breaks out on roof

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Our block was evacuated straight away. It happened just inches from where Im based.

I have no idea what has caused it or the impact but I feel very lucky. It was absolutely terrifying.

The fire broke out around 5pm this evening.

Derbyshire Police said: Were currently responding to a fire on Friar Gate in Derby, please avoid the area whilst we help DerbyshireFRS with the incident.

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Roads will be closed around the area where both Curzon Street and Ford Street meet Friar Gate, and where Friary Street meets Curzon Street.

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