Firefighters battle blaze at former cavalry building

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HOMES were evacuated in the early hours today after fire ripped through a former Army stable block in Colchester.

Seven crews of firefighters were called after the blaze broke out just after midnight today.

Flames caused major damage to the derelict building off Roman Circus Walk which was undergoing conversion.

Firefighters fought the fire for five hours and are still on scene damping down hotspots.

Homes near the site were evacuated with about 30 people affected.

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9:06am Sat 12 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

Would be a remarkable coincidence if it was, but is this one of the buildings the developers want to pull down?
Would be a remarkable coincidence if it was, but is this one of the buildings the developers want to pull down? hughie-s
  • Score: 14

9:17am Sat 12 Apr 14

Ontheball says...

Exactly what I was thinking. If it was, then the must be told to rebuild!
Exactly what I was thinking. If it was, then the must be told to rebuild! Ontheball
  • Score: 8

9:37am Sat 12 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Its stinks and not just of smoke!
Its stinks and not just of smoke! totallyfootball
  • Score: 6

9:45am Sat 12 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Regular occurrence in Colchester. Hopefully they will do firsts*ite next.
Regular occurrence in Colchester. Hopefully they will do firsts*ite next. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 7

9:52am Sat 12 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

First the swimming pool, now this? Coincidence is too much. It appears that listed buildings are more flammable than others, pull the other one.
First the swimming pool, now this? Coincidence is too much. It appears that listed buildings are more flammable than others, pull the other one. SAndrewss
  • Score: 9

10:06am Sat 12 Apr 14

Zaffre says...

In the centenary of WW1 our council better stand up for our history and force these to be rebuild exactly as they were. Our history should not be destroyed for profit but time and time again it is allowed in this area. There was a house opposite the co-op on Mersea Road and the old Garrison Gym all burnt down once planning permission to pull them down was not given. And that is just in within a very small area. I bet lots of you can list the rest in the town alone.
In the centenary of WW1 our council better stand up for our history and force these to be rebuild exactly as they were. Our history should not be destroyed for profit but time and time again it is allowed in this area. There was a house opposite the co-op on Mersea Road and the old Garrison Gym all burnt down once planning permission to pull them down was not given. And that is just in within a very small area. I bet lots of you can list the rest in the town alone. Zaffre
  • Score: 8

11:19am Sat 12 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Look at the rest of the area, this building no longer suited the surroundings!
Look at the rest of the area, this building no longer suited the surroundings! totallyfootball
  • Score: -11

11:21am Sat 12 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Smacks of the historic building in Mill Road where the owners allegedly run out of money, caught fire and although we were told they had to restore it a load of new homes shot up, stench is unbelievable but more believable than the cows muck we are fed!
Smacks of the historic building in Mill Road where the owners allegedly run out of money, caught fire and although we were told they had to restore it a load of new homes shot up, stench is unbelievable but more believable than the cows muck we are fed! totallyfootball
  • Score: 4

11:35am Sat 12 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

It would appear from the other story that it is fact the Sergeants' Mess in Le Cateau Barracks.
It would appear from the other story that it is fact the Sergeants' Mess in Le Cateau Barracks. hughie-s
  • Score: 1

11:37am Sat 12 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

totallyfootball wrote:
Smacks of the historic building in Mill Road where the owners allegedly run out of money, caught fire and although we were told they had to restore it a load of new homes shot up, stench is unbelievable but more believable than the cows muck we are fed!
Tubswick.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: Smacks of the historic building in Mill Road where the owners allegedly run out of money, caught fire and although we were told they had to restore it a load of new homes shot up, stench is unbelievable but more believable than the cows muck we are fed![/p][/quote]Tubswick. SAndrewss
  • Score: 3

11:39am Sat 12 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

hughie-s wrote:
It would appear from the other story that it is fact the Sergeants' Mess in Le Cateau Barracks.
It also says it isn't suspicious.

It sounds suspicious to me though.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: It would appear from the other story that it is fact the Sergeants' Mess in Le Cateau Barracks.[/p][/quote]It also says it isn't suspicious. It sounds suspicious to me though. SAndrewss
  • Score: 10

12:10pm Sat 12 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

SAndrewss wrote:
totallyfootball wrote:
Smacks of the historic building in Mill Road where the owners allegedly run out of money, caught fire and although we were told they had to restore it a load of new homes shot up, stench is unbelievable but more believable than the cows muck we are fed!
Tubswick.
That's the one!
[quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: Smacks of the historic building in Mill Road where the owners allegedly run out of money, caught fire and although we were told they had to restore it a load of new homes shot up, stench is unbelievable but more believable than the cows muck we are fed![/p][/quote]Tubswick.[/p][/quote]That's the one! totallyfootball
  • Score: 4

1:37pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Ontheball says...

They haven't even put the fire out yet, so how the hell can they say it isn't suspicious already. Brown paper envelopes passing around?
They haven't even put the fire out yet, so how the hell can they say it isn't suspicious already. Brown paper envelopes passing around? Ontheball
  • Score: 5

2:39pm Sat 12 Apr 14

John5 Salary says...

This sort of event creates a lot of bad feeling in the community.
There should be laws preventing re-development after events like this, and also laws requiring the council to pay to keep disused buildings in a good state of repair and regularly, independently inspected.
This sort of event creates a lot of bad feeling in the community. There should be laws preventing re-development after events like this, and also laws requiring the council to pay to keep disused buildings in a good state of repair and regularly, independently inspected. John5 Salary
  • Score: 8

6:12pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Simon Taylor says...

hughie-s wrote:
It would appear from the other story that it is fact the Sergeants' Mess in Le Cateau Barracks.
Yes, it is. Not stables.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: It would appear from the other story that it is fact the Sergeants' Mess in Le Cateau Barracks.[/p][/quote]Yes, it is. Not stables. Simon Taylor
  • Score: 1

9:41pm Sat 12 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

I do like a Conspiracy Theory and this could quite easily be one, I would put nothing past the friends or fiends of the Teflons's and the Non Sticks.
However put this is ones mind? The Officers Mess is right next door and is virtually the same identical type and style of building, with the same issues and problems.
Now if that one was to go up in smoke, then talks of the old Brown Envelopes can commence and start.
Give them the BENEFIT of the doubt with a very small b???
I do like a Conspiracy Theory and this could quite easily be one, I would put nothing past the friends or fiends of the Teflons's and the Non Sticks. However put this is ones mind? The Officers Mess is right next door and is virtually the same identical type and style of building, with the same issues and problems. Now if that one was to go up in smoke, then talks of the old Brown Envelopes can commence and start. Give them the BENEFIT of the doubt with a very small b??? A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 1

12:46am Mon 14 Apr 14

Assimilation says...

totallyfootball wrote:
Look at the rest of the area, this building no longer suited the surroundings!
Look at the area, the new builds should never have been put there, ugly and over crowded. Nothing but pure greed. Old Colchester is quickly disappearing. We will soon be the oldest recorded town in name alone. The fire starters could torch the castle next and then they could build a lovely housing estate without planning restrictions
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: Look at the rest of the area, this building no longer suited the surroundings![/p][/quote]Look at the area, the new builds should never have been put there, ugly and over crowded. Nothing but pure greed. Old Colchester is quickly disappearing. We will soon be the oldest recorded town in name alone. The fire starters could torch the castle next and then they could build a lovely housing estate without planning restrictions Assimilation
  • Score: 0

7:58am Mon 14 Apr 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Theres no smoke without fire !
Theres no smoke without fire ! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 0

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