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With your news now for the Dast Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.
First tonight, there has bedn huge disruption in Derby after a major
fire in the city centre. Thd flames, smoke and efforts to tackle it saw
roads closed and buildings evacuated. Pillars of smoke up to
100 feet engulfed parts of city before it was brought under control.
James Roberson is there for us now. It has not been an easy task to
tackle, given its location? No, indeed. Even now, five hours on from
the start of the fire, ten levels up in the Assembly Rooms car p`rk
behind me, there is still a serious amount of disruption to the city
centre as the clear up goes on. It took 75 firefighters to put the
blaze under control. Luckilx, no one was hurt, but at its height, the
smoke could be seen for milds around.
Firefighters, silhouetted against the flames at their height `t around
6.30 tonight. Eyewitnesses were shocked by the scale of the fire,
which quickly spread across the whole top floor of the building The
wind was making the smoke bhllow up. Big clouds of black smoke wdre
ballooning above the Assembly Rooms. Later, you could see the fl`mes I
could see the flames in the cathedral windows. We'd seen smoke
earlier coming from the top floor. There were things starting to
explode. There was fire comhng out of the vents. Quite dramatic flames
leaping up into the air, and huge clouds of black smoke. Nearby
buildings had to be evacuatdd. Some people had driven miles to see
dancer Anton du Beke at the Assembly Rooms, only for the whole event to
be cancelled. Yeah, we drovd from West Sussex for five hours. We were
waiting for my husband to arrive because he had to finish work, so
when he came and said "You're not going to see the show because it's
on fire", I was worried. We were looking forward to seeing the show.
A bit of a disappointment, but it can't be helped, as long as everyone
is OK. Tonight, cars are sthll stuck inside the car park is damphng down
continues. With me now is Gavin Tomlinson, an
area manager with other surd`fire service. Gavin, what caused it? At
this stage, we don't know. We just know that the fire started hn the
plant room. We will start an investigation with the police in the
morning. It burned right through the top floor of that building. What is
up there? It serves the Assdmbly Rooms and the car park, providing
the hot water, heating and `ir conditioning. It destroyed the
entire top floor. You were lucky it did not go down to the lower
floors, with a lot of cars `nd fuel. Potentially very dangerous? Yes we
had firefighters working thdre, but we withdrew because it becale
unsafe. We concentrated on containing the fire and bring it
spreading into the Assembly Rooms. Of course, cars are still in there.
They probably will not be able to get out until tomorrow. There will
also be an assessment tomorrow of what happens over the next weeks and
months at the 10th won, where services have been severely
disrupted. `` at the temp won. A hospital has apologised after
giving a massive overdose of morphine to a three week old baby.
Ellie Prudence received 100 times the recommended amount, and somehow
survived. The NHS calls it ` "never event", something which, as its name
suggests, should never happdn. Our health correspondent has more.
It didn't start off as an elergency. She had a runny nose and shd wasn't
feeding very well, and in hdr chest, she was wheezing, so I thought I
would take her to hospital. That was Kings' Mill in Sutton in Ashfield in
Nottinghamshire. It was manhc. People didn't seem to know what they
were doing. Struggling with breathing, baby Ellie should have
been given 0.27 milligrams of morphine. Instead, she recehved 27
milligrams, 100 times the recommended amount. I knew ht was
too much morphine. I challenged the doctor and that. But I'm not a
doctor, so I really did trust these people. It was human error. Two
doctors, two nurses involved. Without proper checks, the dose was
given. I said "I don't care what happened, just get in there and help
her". It took an hour to iddntify the mistake. Absolutely fumhng. I
couldn't understand how that could happen. We were after all in a
hospital. We entrusted our daughter to their care. Ellie was tr`nsferred
to Sheffield Children's Hospital and intensive care. The family from
Newark said care there was fantastic. Nobody expected her to
survive. I thought I was gohng to lose her, but part of me kndw she
was strong. These procedures that should have been followed, hf they
had been followed, my daughter would not have been overdosed. Thd
family's solicitor is in Nottingham. She says King's Mill have bden open
and honest about the mistakd. Michelle and Carl have been through
a harrowing experience, which isn't over for them yet. Ellie is not out
of the woods. We don't know the implications for her health in the
long term. I didn't stop crxing for a week after it happened, bdcause we
nearly lost her. Just absoltte miracle that she's still here.
King's Mill Hospital has apologised. It says procedures have been
changed, and the lessons will be shared with other hospitals.
Derbyshire's chief fire offhcer has been charged with rape.
Police say the charge against Sean Frayne relates to an alleged
incident in Etwall seven ye`rs ago. The 47`year`old, who is frol the
village, was arrested last lonth and charged yesterday. He is dud to
appear before magistrates l`ter this month. Derbyshire Fire servhce says
he has been suspended until further notice.
Uniformed officers have been patrolling an area of Nottingham to
reassure people after a ten hour police stand`off. Armed offhcers
were called to the snooker club in Hucknall yesterday. Police fired a
baton round at a man towards the end of the incident. A 20`year`old man
is tonight being questioned on suspicion of possessing a fhrearm
with intent to cause fear of violence.
Now the weather. We have had plenty of sunshhne so
far this week, and we can expect more of the same this weekend. It is
generally drier, and it will be feeling warm in the sunshind . You
are starting to see cloud increasing this afternoon, and it will continue
to push into the night, producing a few spots of rain and light drizzle
to Derbyshire and Nottinghalshire, but most of us have a dry nhght full
of with the breeze, we should stay fog free tonight, maybe a bht of
missed in faces. The cloud should slowly start to break through the
morning, and then we should see sunny spells in the afternoon. It is
not wall`to`wall sunshine, but where we do get the sunshine, it hs
feeling warm. On Sunday, a beautiful start, but more clout in thd