His­toric rail shed de­stroyed in fire is de­mol­ished

Herald Express - - Down Your Way -

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 101@dc.po­lice.uk or call 101 quot­ing CR/097864/18.

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