Latest Updates: Major Fire at Regent Street, Kettering & road closures
Latest Update: Tuesday 28th May PM
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.
Current status - Tuesday 28th May 2019 (PM)
Demolition work started on the former Kettering Bedding Centre structure on Thursday 23rd May. As of today, Tuesday 28th May, Demolition contractors continue to work onsite and have confirmed that the majority of the building has been removed and works is now towards the rear of the building. Progress is going well and as planned, and we are hoping to allow some residents (namely those opposite) to return to their properties by the end of the week. However, due to the safety conditions of the site and demolition machinery operating within the area, this will be confirmed in future updates.
Asbestos ‘litter picks’ are also continuing to remove the materials in the area and tests conducted of these have confirmed that these are clear and of no concern. Should any neighbouring properties have concerns about materials within their boundaries, please contact Kettering Borough Council. One property adjacent (Number 39) has substantial roof damage and is unlikely to be within the same guidance as above.
Access is now allowed to be given to properties (apart from households adjacent in number 39) during the current demolition works. Households are advised to speak to their allocated single point of contact within the council in order for access to be arranged. As per the safety advice above this will be an assisted visit with a Kettering Borough Council operative also present. Access will only be via the front gate at the Sainsbury’s end of Regent Street. ID will be required for confirmation.
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.
We will also be providing updates on Twitter - follow @KetteringBC
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