Neighbouring residents allowed to return home following major fire in Crewe

Damage caused by fire at the Beechmere supported living complex on Rolls Avenue in Crewe

Firefighters have now left the scene of the fire at the Beechmere supported living complex on Rolls Avenue in Crewe and have handed the property over to the owners.

All roads are now open and all residents living in Royce Close and Railton Avenue are able to return to their homes.

Assistant Chief Officer Gus O’Rourke said: “We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank residents for their patience and co-operation while we were tackling the fire and making the area safe.

Beechmere supported living complex “This was a major incident and our thoughts are with the residents of Beechmere at what must be an extremely upsetting time.

“Our community prevention teams are in the area today providing support, information and reassurance.”

The fire broke out around 4.30pm on Thursday, 8 August. Residents were swiftly evacuated from the building.

At its height, 16 fire engines from across the county and further afield were in attendance to tackle the blaze.

Crews have been working alongside a specialist building team for the damping down process since Saturday.

Firefighters remained at the scene to monitor the situation and to deal with any hotspots.

They were supported by officers from Cheshire Constabulary, who managed the cordon throughout the incident.

Assistant Chief Officer O’Rourke added: “Everyone has rallied around to help the local community at this tragic time, and whilst we have now left the scene the investigation into the fire is still very much ongoing.”

Mark Palethorpe, Executive Director of People at Cheshire East Council, said: “The multi-agency and community response to this devastating fire has been incredible. Our focus now is to continue to support residents into longer term or permanent homes as soon as possible.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support and offers of volunteering.

“We had in excess of 400 volunteers at the Crewe Lifestyle Centre over the weekend, helping our communities team to sort the donated items.

“I would also like to thank our staff and members, who continue to work with our partners, to support those affected.”

Residents and relatives with enquiries about social care and accommodation can still call Cheshire East Council’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 123 5025.

Date published: Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:07:14 GMT

Last updated: Tuesday 13 August 2019