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Neighbours help to put out flames

133237_HFRS_25/11/13

(l-r) New reporter Kimberley Barber is lead into a mock-up house fire scenario in full breathing apparatus.

Fareham Firefighters training session at Fareham Fire Station, Fareham. 
Picture: Allan Hutchings (133237-072)

133237_HFRS_25/11/13 (l-r) New reporter Kimberley Barber is lead into a mock-up house fire scenario in full breathing apparatus. Fareham Firefighters training session at Fareham Fire Station, Fareham. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133237-072)

Owners of a soon-to-be care home site have thanked diligent neighbours after they helped stop a fire from spreading in Common Lane.

Bosses at WCS Care Group have praised “vigilant neighbours” and a prompt response from businesses in the street’s industrial estate for stopping a fire at the former Curves Gym site blazing out of control.

Black smoke was seen coming from the back gate of the currently empty building at around 10.30pm.

Workers at nearby businesses spotted the potentially dangerous smoke and called the fire brigade - as well as the owners of the derelict site - to alert them to the problem.

And thanks to the speedy calls, fire service crews were soon on scene to put flames out and prevent serious damage to the area.

Representatives from WCS Care - which owns the site - also arrived to secure the area for safety and thanked all those for their help on the day.

The company is currently preparing to submit a revised planning application to Warwick District Council to build a care home for older people with dementia on the site.

A spokesman for the charity confirmed that demolition is planned to start shortly and building will start in the autumn.

The group runs Newlands care home and hopes to set up the new centre once planning permission is agreed.

An information session on the upcoming plans will be held on April 28 at the Elizabeth Room in St Nicholas parochial church hall.

Open from 2pm to 7pm and all welcome to attend.

 

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