Fire damage to bungalows being assessed

Tuesday, 3 October, 2017

Inspections have been carried out today at two Council owned bungalows in Clacton which were damaged in a blaze last night.

The fire started in some tyres and a chair outside 21 Holbrook Close around 6.45pm and fortunately the female tenant was staying with friends elsewhere.

There was also some smoke and water damage at number 19 where the tenant was helped to safety by neighbours.

He was temporarily housed in bed and breakfast accommodation by Tendring District Council (TDC) last night and decided to go back home this morning.

It was the second blaze at number 21 in the past 18 months and the bungalow had been refurbished around a year ago.

Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said the Council would be working with both tenants to ensure their needs are met.

“Number 21 has been extensively damaged and has had to be boarded up and made secure and weather tight by Council staff,” he said.

“The roof will need to be replaced along with the ceilings throughout as well as the kitchen - and it is expected to cost more than £30,000.

“Officers have also inspected number 19 where the man has returned home and it will need some repairs and redecoration in due course.

“He can stay there until a full survey is carried out and then we will find the tenant other suitable temporary accommodation if necessary.”

TDC’s insurers have been informed and the work to carry out the repairs to number 21 will begin as soon as possible.

Last updated on: 03/10/2017 - 14:22