VIDEO: Bicester Village evacuated after fire

A blaze broke out at Bicester Village shopping outlet and it needed 35 firefighters to tackle the flames.

Wednesday, 1st April 2015, 10:04 am
A fire at Carluccio's shut Bicester Village for five hours

Seven crews used an aerial platform ladder to tackle the fire which spread quickly and destroyed the roof of the building.

It started at Carluccio’s restaurant at 8.30am and the whole outlet was shut. No one was injured.

An eyewitness said: “It was obviously breaking through the roof and it was unusual to see an empty car park at Bicester Village.

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“It’s a shame to see such a popular restaurant suffer such bad damage.

“There were TV crews there and the fireman on the platform was kicking off the tiles so they could see what was going on.”

The outlet tweeted: “#BicesterVillage is temporarily closed due to a restaurant fire which is being attended to by fire brigade. Happily everyone on site is safe.”

Crews from Bicester, Wheatley, Eynsham, Banbury, Kidlington, Deddington, Oxford & Buckingham all battled the blaze but the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Firefighters are currently damping down at the scene and monitoring nearby buildings but the shopping village has now reponed.

But The Bicester Visitor Centre and 12 stores including Kurt Geiger and Prada remain shut.

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Firefighters 'kicked the tiles off' to assess the damage
Fire at Bicester Village, pictures by @m_2_the_onkey
Firefighters used an aerial platform ladder
There were seven crews on the scene
TV crews raced to capture the damage
The roof of Carluccio's has been destroyed
Bicester Village