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UPDATE: No injuries reported after 'substantial' fire at retirement flats in Hunstanton


By Lynn News Reporter


Crews tackled a "substantial" fire at a block of retirement flats in Hunstanton yesterday evening (Thursday, January 17).

No injuries have been reported following the blaze at Lyndhurst Court on Sandringham Road.

Eight appliances plus an aerial ladder platform were called to the scene at about 5.25pm.

Appliances from Hunstanton, King's Lynn & Wells attended a fire at Lyndhurst Court on Sandringham Road in Hunstanton on Thursday evening.. (6597639)
Appliances from Hunstanton, King's Lynn & Wells attended a fire at Lyndhurst Court on Sandringham Road in Hunstanton on Thursday evening.. (6597639)

Officers said the blaze was in the roof of the building, and were urging people to avoid the area to allow the crews to deal with the incident.

A spokesperson for FirstPort, the property’s management company, said: "We have worked closely with the fire service and contractors to make the development safe for our residents.

"The top floor was evacuated. All but two of the residents were able to return to their apartments within a couple of hours.

"Sadly, their apartments are damaged, and we have provided temporary accommodation for those involved and additional support as required.”

A police spokeswoman said they were called to assist the fire service and closed the road at the junction with the A149.

She said their assistance was also requested in case any residents needed to be evacuated, but this was deemed not necessary.

A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the operation began to scale down at about 7.05pm and the last crews left the scene at about 11.25pm.

According to West Norfolk Council's Lily online directory, Lyndhurst Court, which is a development of retirement flats for independent living, has 61 self-contained apartments.



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