Essex

Harwich fire: Grade II listed homes to be assessed

Historic buildings experts are to assess whether five 17th Century houses in Essex that were badly damaged by fire will have to be demolished.

The fire spread across the roofs of the Grade II listed properties in West Street, Harwich, last Wednesday.

No-one was hurt in the fire, although residents have been made homeless.

Tendring District Council's buildings services manager, Frank Stilwell, said a "tremendous amount of damage" had been done by the fire.

He said: "I think some will have been destroyed completely.

"We will look at this with our historical team to see what possibly can be saved if anything.

"But clearly it's a safety issue first and if there's anything dangerous it will be coming down."

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