Fire fighters are battling a fire in the flat above Pizza Pronto in Bideford. Fire crews from the town and beyond have arrived at the restaurant and takeaway on the corner of Mill Street and Hart Street. North Devon Gazette reporter Sarah Howells is on scene and said smoke could be seen billowing from the first floor, while fire fighters donned breathing apparatus. At least 15 fire fighters and the aerial ladder platform are battling the blaze. The road is currently closed while the incident is ongoing and bystanders are being kept back from the smoke. Pizza Pronto owner Kuddusi Bas said he and his staff had been preparing salads ready to open at 4pm when they spotted smoke coming from upstairs. He said they got out quickly and called the fire service at 3.30pm. He said the flat upstairs was not thought to be in use and is believed to be empty. Mr Bas said he was worried as they did not yet know how much damage the fire had caused to the building.Update - 5.50pmMore than 30 fire fighters from Bideford, Torrington, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe have got the blaze at Pizza Pronto under control. The road remains closed as fire fighters use an aerial platform to continue dampening down the flames. Incident commander Graham Rooke said six breathing apparatus wearers were battling the flames at a time using three hose reel jets and a covering jet. He said: The fire involved the first and second floor flat of the building. Smoke is permeating the buildings on both sides and we have crew in there to keep a watchful eye on the situation. The fire is under control and there are pockets which we are continuing to extinguish. There has been substantial damage to the roof from the fire and the building is heavily water-logged. We dont know if it is a listed building but we have called building control and continue to work carefully. Mr Rooke confirmed there had been no danger to life. Mill Street remains closed from the Bridgeland Street entrance and is cordoned off from outside the Ian Snow shop.Update - 7.45pmBy 7.45pm fire fighters were still in attendance at the property, damping down hotspots. The property, consisting of a hairdressers, a pizza outlet and a funeral directors, suffered 70 per cent damage to the first floor. The majority of the roof structure was removed and the building was cordoned off due to being unstable.Keep checking back for more details as we have them.