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Unite's Discovery Heights Evacuated

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An investigation has been launched to investigate the cause of a fire at a block of student accommodation in Plymouth.

Unite's Discovery Heights was evacuated this week after a fire broke out in the fifth-floor boiler room.

It's believed the fire was a result of an electrical fault, but Unite Students is now carrying out its own full investigation into the cause of the incident.

A statement said: "Earlier today there was a small, localised fire at our Discovery Heights property."

"The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. The building was evacuated swiftly as a precautionary measure."

"A full investigation into the cause is now underway."

Meanwhile, Dayle, a chief officer for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, said: "It was a fire involving a boiler, so you will understand that a boiler has a number of components to it and part of that is electrics and that appears to be what has caused the fire."

"It's under investigation at the moment but our early indications are that it is an electrical fire."

In response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire services have been carrying out regular practise at high-rise buildings in the area to ensure response times are at a minimum.