Council office hit by major blaze

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Published: Thursday 15th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Fire crews are tackling three major fires in South Oxfordshire, including one at the district council office.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said at the peak of the incidents a total of a 27 fire crews were tackling the blazes, which all occurred “within a very short timeframe” in the early hours of this morning.

South Oxfordshire District Council said most of its services have been affected by the fire at its office in the village of Cowmarsh Gifford, which it shares with Vale of White Horse District Council.

David Etheridge, chief fire officer for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are in the process of dealing with three major fires in South Oxfordshire, which occurred within a very short timeframe.

“These are ongoing incidents and our firefighters are working hard to get the fires under control, with assistance from neighbouring fire and rescue services at the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council office fire.

“At this stage I am unable to state what the causes of the fires were – this matter is currently in the hands of Thames Valley Police, with whom we are working in conjunction.”

Published: Thursday 15th January 2015 by The News Editor

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