Two men die in blaze at flat in the Basford area of Nottingham

Two men have died and three other people have been treated for the effects of smoke following a flat fire.

Police said the blaze in the Basford area of Nottingham is not being treated as suspicious.

The fire broke out at about 2.50am on Sunday at a flat in Vernon Court, off Southwark Street, Nottinghamshire Police confirmed in a statement.

The statement added two men had died and three other people from the flat where the fire began had escaped and were taken to hospital.

Several other people evacuated from the block of flats have since returned, while others have been offered alternative accommodation.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said:"The fire is not believed to be suspicious and detectives will now be preparing a file for the coroner."

Smoke could be seen billowing out of the property’s window as people described the scene that descended on the street as "shocking" and "sad", report Nottinghamshire Live.

Mark Thatcher, 59, of Basford, said: "I woke up due to the flashing lights and thought what’s going off.

"I had a look outside and saw three engines and police. I came to have a look and there was smoke coming out the window. It was really shocking."

Yyvone Hardy, 44, of Basford, added: "It’s really sad. I saw the fire engine and the smoke coming out. It’s someone’s home that has been damaged or destroyed.

"The fire service were here for a while. I still saw people there this morning when I was walking the dog. So it does sound quite serious.

Kieran Underwood, 33, a bar worker in the city centre, said: "I was just coming back from my shift when I saw the fire engines and flashing lights.

"It looked quite a bad one and there was smoke coming out the window. I live a bit further away so I didn’t hang about for long but it looked bad.

"People were gathering to watch. There were three engines and police had got tape up."

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