Update following large fire at Crewe retirement complex

Alert message sent 09/08/2019 16:46:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Our firefighters have been working extremely hard to tackle the fire at Beechmere, Crewe.

They worked throughout the night, all day today, and will remain attendance until the fire is fully extinguished.

Our main priority is the safe of the local community and due to the structural stability of the building the safety cordon will remain in place.

Unfortunately, this means that residents who were evacuated from their homes may not be able to return tonight.

The number of fire engines has now been reduced to four and firefighters are continuing to dampen down. The majority of the fire has been extinguished, although there are still pockets of fire.

In addition crews are also using two aerial ladder platforms to get water onto the fire from above.
A control unit is also on site to enable senior officers to co-ordinate the incident.
A demolition crew has been requested at the scene to assist with the demolition of parts of the building which are structurally unstable. The work will enable firefighters to fully extinguish the fire.

A number of road closures remain in place overnight and into the morning. They 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 our 24-hour helpline on 0300 123 5025.

Could anyone who left the scene at Beechmere last night to go with family or friends, please contact us on 0300 123 5025 so that we can undertake a welfare check and begin the process of planning future accommodation.

Firefighters would like to thank the local community for their continued support ant generosity.
Message sent by
Dan Hind (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Media Officer, Corporate Communications)

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