Latest on the fire at residential complex in Crewe
Firefighters continue to work with extremely hard with partners to deal with the aftermath of the large fire at the extra care apartment complex in Crewe.
The fire broke out shortly after 4.30pm on Thursday, 8 August. Around 150 people were swiftly evacuated from the building and, at its height, 16 fire engines were in attendance to tackle the blaze.
The fire is now all but out, though crews have remained at the Rolls Avenue site to damp down the area and continue to check for hotspots. This process carried on overnight on Friday into Saturday morning.
A specialist building team has now joined the fire service at the scene, and together they will work to spread the remaining materials to help firefighters ensure that all hotspots have been dealt with to prevent any chance of reignition.
It's possible that smoke and dust may be kicked up as part of this, so neighbouring residents have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed while this work is undertaken.
Our main priority has been, and remains, the safety of the local community. Due to the structural stability of the building the safety cordon will remain in place for the time being. This situation will be assessed dynamically, and displaced residents from neighbouring houses will be advised at the earliest opportunity when it is safe to return to their homes.
A number of road closures remain in place for time being, which include:
Minshull New Road at the junction with Rolls Avenue
Badger Avenue at the junction with Minshull New Road
Frank Webb Avenue at the junction with Badger Avenue
Underwood Lane at the junction with Windsor Avenue
Residents and relatives who have any concerns about social care and accommodation with regards to the fire and Beechmere in Crewe, can call Cheshire East Council’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 123 5025.
Firefighters would like to thank the local community for their continued support and generosity.