Legendary Birmingham Nightclub Edward's No. 8 Destroyed In Fire
BBC News reports that a major fire (photo) has destroyed the legendary Edward's No. 8 metal/rock nightclub in Birmingham, England's city center.
Five hundred people had to be led to safety as the blaze took hold in the early hours of Sunday (Nov. 12) at the club.
Ten people were treated for minor injuries but firefighters, who praised the nightclub staff for their actions, believe all inside the club escaped.
Up to 50 firefighters tackled the blaze and prevented the flames spreading to nearby apartment blocks. Structural tests will be carried out later.
About 25 firefighters remained at the scene in Lower Severn Street on Sunday.
Fire crews were alerted at about 1:10 a.m. GMT, and appliances from across the city were called in.
A West Midlands Fire Service spokeswoman said the club had been evacuated by the time they were called.
It was initially feared that club-goers could have been trapped in the burning building but it was later determined that everyone inside had escaped.
One eyewitness, who lives in an apartment block close to the scene, said he could see flames and smoke shooting from the roof of the club.
Rabinder Bhachu, a BBC employee, said: "I was woken up by the noise of the fire engines, as well as the smell of smoke coming into my building.
"The club is between two streets, and there seems to be flames coming from either side of the building. It does seem to be spreading."
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