Road to reopen after roof collapses in serious Clifton house fire

Fire crews at the scene of a house fire in Clifton

Fire crews at the scene of a house fire in Clifton - Credit: Archant

A road which was shut after a roof of a house collapsed in a serious fire is set to reopen.

Shefford Road in Clifton is due to reopen at 5pm, just under five hours after firefighters were alerted to a roof of a house in the road being well alight.

Six crews, as well as an aerial platform unit from Bedford, incident command and operations support, tackled the blaze, which caused the roof to collapse.

The rest of the building – a large farmhouse – has been seriously affected by fire and suffered structural damage.

Due to concerns over smoke, people living in nearby homes in Maple Close, Birch Close, Chapel Close and Spring Road were told to keep their windows shut and parents of children attending the nearby Samuel Whitbread Academy warned that there may be delays at the end of the school day.

UPDATE 6.30pm: The fire is now out and is being treated as accidental. Nobody was injured.