FIREFIGHTERS were at the scene of a blaze in Whitley for more than three hours yesterday (Wednesday, September 16).

The building, reported locally as Niki Stores newsagents on Whitley Wood Lane, caught fire yesterday morning.

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Four different crews from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) were called to the scene just before 10am.

The service confirmed the incident today, adding: "Crews from Whitley Wood, Caversham Road, Dee Road and Wokingham were sent to the scene, together with one officer.

"Upon arrival, crews found a fire in the ground floor of the property.

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"Ten firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using three hose reels.

"Crews were on scene for about three and a half hours."

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.