Historic rail shed destroyed in fire is demolished
DEMOLITION of Newton Abbot’s fire-hit Victorian railway sheds is almost complete.
The buildings were engulfed by a fire last month, with the roof destroyed and severe damage being caused to the structure of the building.
The blaze broke out in the former Victorian carriage and repair shed in Brunel Road. Now the site is being cleared to make way for a new Aldi store.
It had already been earmarked for demolition before the fire, despite opposition from rail enthusiasts and local action group Save Our Shed. The Victorian buildings had been described as “important to the history of the town and a tourism asset”.
The new supermarket on the site is expected to create about 50 jobs.
During the fire homes were evacuated and Brunel Road was closed for two days as firefighters tackled the blaze.
The fire is currently being treated as arson, and three 15-year-old boys and two 14-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent. They have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting CR/097864/18.