Reading fire: One dead and others unaccounted for in flats blaze

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One person has died and several others remain unaccounted for following a fire at a four-storey block of flats.
The blaze broke out in Rowe Court, off Grovelands Road in Reading, shortly before 03:00 GMT.
Thames Valley Police said a 31-year-old man from the town had been arrested on suspicion of arson and murder.
The force said it was setting up a dedicated phone line for relatives and friends. Surrounding roads are shut and people are urged to avoid the area.
It added the fire was not being treated as terrorism related.
In a statement posted on its Twitter account, Thames Valley Police said: "If you have any concerns, for loved ones, please try and contact them in the first instance."
It has since released details of an online portal and dedicated number which have been set up for anyone needing to report anyone as missing or who has any information to report relating to the fire.
The phone number UK calls is 0800 051 6079. For calls from outside the UK, contact +44 20 7126 7641.
Local agencies are working together at the scene of a large fire at a property in Grovelands Road, Reading.

Our officers, as well as the fire and ambulance services, are at the site. Sadly, one person is believed to have died, and a number of others are unaccounted for. pic.twitter.com/vy3bAWf44k
Posting on Twitter, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, said: "Tragic news that at least one person is believed to have died in the early hours of this morning in a fire at a block of flats in Grovelands Rd, Reading.
"Sadly others have been injured and some remain unaccounted for."
Grenfell NHS News, a unique NHS service set up for survivors, witnesses and the bereaved following London's Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, posted support details for anyone affected by the Reading fire or those who found the news "triggering".
Our thoughts are with those affected by the fire in Reading. If this news has been triggering for you please call us for support on 020 8637 6279 (8am to 8pm). After 8pm pls call the CNWL Urgent Advice line 0800 0234650. If you have an emergency please call 999.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews from 10 stations across Berkshire, along with crews from Oxfordshire, were sent to the fire, which it added had affected "all levels" of the building.
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) said its Hazardous Area Response Team and two critical care doctors were among those deployed to the scene, as well as six ambulance crews "who have been assessing and treating a number of patients".
"We will remain on scene working alongside partners in response to this situation," it added.
Mags Cadger, who lives in a house overlooking the block of flats, said the sound of glass being broken woke her up.
"We heard breaking glass so we looked out, we saw firemen up a ladder breaking the windows of one of the flats and then it must have been about 10 to 15 minutes after that we started seeing the flames coming out the roof," she said.
She added: "You just feel for people in that kind of situation, it's horrible."
Elizabeth Dylewska said she was woken up by helicopters flying above her house.
"We couldn't sleep because it was very noisy and we knew something was going on," she said.
She added: "It's very sad, especially at Christmas."
By Andre Rhoden-Paul, BBC South
As daylight broke, residents in the surrounding area woke up to the acrid smell of smoke in the air and a large convoy of emergency vehicles.
A wide cordon was placed across Grovelands Road.
But it was when you walked uphill in the surrounding roads that the extent of the damage was revealed.
The roof of the block of flats was gutted and charred, with beams showing and tiles missing – some dropping to the ground.
Firefighters several feet high in the air on an aerial ladder platform used hose reel jets to douse the property's upper floors.
Resident Valerie told BBC Radio Berkshire she was woken by "loads of flashing lights and the whole of Grovelands Road full with ambulances and emergency vehicles over at Rowe Court".
"It's a bit of a shock really," she added.
Another neighbour said his wife heard a "boom" around the time of the fire.
No further details have been released about the person who has died, or those who are injured or unaccounted for.
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