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13 May 2010, 12:27
The fire which tore through Burger King at the Interchange Retail Park in Bedford yesterday started in an extractor fan and then spread into the roof.
That's the finding of an investigation into the cause of the incident by Fire Officers.
It broke out just after 10.30am yesterday morning. No-one was hurt in the incident.
The retail park was closed whilst the fire was brought under control, and was reopened again just after 12.30pm.
Natasha works at the retail park, and told us what she saw. Click on the play button below to listen to her eyewitness account...
30 to 40 fire fighters were called to the scene. 6 fire engines were present along with the aerial platfrom and the fire service's Incident Control Unit.
We spoke to Fire Officer, Andy Draper at the scene. He told us: "We've got about 70% damage to the structure. Thankfully the public have all been evacuated to a safe distance and none of the fire fighters have been injured today.
"We're looking at having a crew here for the next few hours and certainly to support the investigation process as well."
Were you at the retail park or passing by yesterday morning? Let us know what you saw using the form below and we'll add your comments here:
I was at school and we had all just gone outside and I saw some smoke rise up to the sky. when I was playing with my friends outside and it was realy thick. Joshua Oakley
I WAS SHOPPING IN JJB WHEN WE WERE ALL ASKED TO LEAVE THE STORY .... I WENT OUTSIDE AND U COULD NOT SEE THE NEXT SHOP EVERYTHING WAS COVERED IN SMOKE..... IN LESS THEN 5 MINS OF THE SMALL FIRER THE PLACE WAS GONE.... WELL WE CAN KISS GOODBYE TO BURGER KING.... THEY WON'T REBUILD IT NOW :(((( Jack Law
I was at school which is behind the retailpark during my p.e lesson. And we were all stunned by the smoke that filled the air! and the flames blazing over the top of the buildings!!!! Anon