Norfolk

Norwich Markham Tower fire residents given accommodation

Temporary accommodation has been given to residents after a fire broke out at a Norfolk block of flats on Monday.

Norwich City Council said people had been evacuated from all of the 44 flats at Markham Tower, Norwich, after a blaze on the eighth floor.

Residents have been moved into accommodation such bed and breakfasts or are staying with family and friends.

Eighteen fire engines attended the fire off Bowers Avenue after the alarm was raised just after 11:00 BST.

Water being used to douse the flames in the flat that was on fire meant electricity had to be cut off to the whole building, so residents whose properties were not affected are unable to move back in.

Tenants in unharmed flats were given supervised access on Tuesday to retrieve essential items.

An investigation is under way by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service as to the cause of the fire. They said they did not believe it was started deliberately.

No-one was injured or had to be rescued from the blaze.

The city council said all flats had battery-operated smoke detectors fitted and the building had an up-to-date fire risk assessment.

'Recovery'

They added the fire caused no serious structural damage to the building.

The total cost of damage is currently unknown.

Council leader Brenda Arthur said: "We would like to put our thanks on record to our staff, tenants, firefighters and the police for all their help in making sure the evacuation process was carried out as smoothly as possible.

"We've now moved into the recovery stage following yesterday's fire. This involves making sure the building is safe before any of our tenants set foot inside.

"Their safety is of paramount importance and we're doing all we can to make their transition from staying in temporary accommodation to returning home as painless as possible."

Future Radio, which has its radio mast on top of Markham Tower, is currently not broadcasting on FM due to the power outage at the building.

It is not yet known whether the mast was damaged, but broadcasting is continuing online.

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