Regent Street Fire
Regent Street Fire Update - Thursday 23rd May 2019
Crews from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) were called to reports of a significant fire in a three storey building on Regent Street, Kettering shortly after 12.30pm on 13th May. A section of the street around the affected building has now been securely cordoned off, and control of the site and its security were transferred to Kettering Borough Council at around 5.30pm on 14th May. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
Demolition work started on the former Kettering Bedding Centre structure on Thursday 23rd May. Demolition works are likely to take some weeks and may have to be done in stages. The immediate priority continues to be to work towards ensuring it is a safe environment, starting with the removal of the parts of the building that are at risk of collapse.
A letter was issued to nearby residents on Friday 17th May advising that the site involved in this fire may have had asbestos containing materials (ACM) within the building. During fires, ACM may become damaged and depending on the ferocity of the fire, fragments of ACM can be spread by the fire.There is no evidence so far of any contamination outside of the building and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue advise that any potential spread is likely to be over a limited area, if at all.
Kettering Borough Council is arranging a survey and, if required, a clean-up of any ACM spread by the fire which may have fallen as ash and debris over the surrounding area and been deposited on nearby properties, gardens and streets, in conjunction with the premises’ insurers.
The furniture store premises have been totally destroyed. Structural engineers have inspected the building today and are formulating a plan of action so that the structure is made safe and residents are able to return to their homes at the earliest opportunity.
Although the furniture store premises were destroyed, damage to homes in the locality has been generally minor. Two properties immediately adjacent to the store have sustained some fire and water damage although the extent of this will only become clear when surveyors are able to safely access the buildings.
A small number of residents have been able to move back into their homes. However, other residents are staying with friends and family or in accommodation provided by Kettering Borough Council. We are in contact with residents on a daily basis and will provide practical support and advice until they are able to move back home. A number of residents have been escorted back into their homes to be able to fetch essential belongings.
The households currently unable to access their homes have been allocated single points of contact within the Council to receive daily updates on the incident.
The safety cordon means section of Regent Street between Crown Street and Wellington Street remains closed to through traffic and pedestrians and diversions are in place, which can be found here: https://roadworks.org/?tm=113643368
Kettering Borough Council is no longer accepting donations at our offices, or through the Citizens Advice Bureau. We really appreciate the generosity of local people who have donated items, which have already helped with the immediate needs of those affected.
If you would like to donate to those in need following the fire, St. Andrew’s Church (28 Lindsay St, Kettering NN16 8RG) and the Support for those affected by Kettering blaze 2019 Facebook group is facilitating donations to meet the needs of the residents affected by the fire and will be promoting these needs via the Facebook group page. Once access has been given to assess the damage in the homes we will also look to provide a list of items on this page, which will be regularly updated. The Council are liaising with the church and local charities to ensure that those who need support receive it.
The Council received excellent support and practical assistance from St Andrew’s Church, Sainsbury’s and Asda during Monday evening – a real example of churches, the community and businesses working together and supporting their neighbours when they need help.
Have you been affected?
If you have been affected by the Regent Street fire and require accommodation, our Housing Options team is here to help.
Phone us at 01536 410 333, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Customer Service Centre at the Municipal Offices on Bowling Green Road in Kettering.
If out of business hours, please phone 01536 416 005.
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