Demolition teams on site at fire-hit care home
- Credit: Liz Coates
Relief is on the way for people living near a derelict care home as demolition teams move in.
Abbeville Lodge in Acle New Road, Great Yarmouth, has seen a string of fires since it closed two years ago, leading to safety fears among worried neighbours who have been calling for it to be taken down.
Residents in School Road Back were evacuated on Wednesday (June 2) after fire tore through the building in the early hours for the third time in 12 months.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council said the building would be cleared "shortly" and that it was poised to take enforcement action if the owner did not do the work.
On Monday (June 7) a team from Mitchell Demolition was on site.
A spokesman said the work to clear the buildings would likely take seven to ten days.
He said people who lived nearby had approached the team and shared their relief that the buildings were coming down.
One woman said living with the derelict care home on her doorstep was "a constant worry" with overhanging trees, power lines, parked cars, and fencing adding to concerns the fires could spread to family homes putting lives at risk.