FIRE IN GRADE 2 LISTED BUILDING – LEAMINGTON
A three storey, grade two listed building caught alight on Wednesday afternoon. The Edwardian building used to be the private family residence of the Honourable Mrs Ainscow, who was the daughter of Lord Kenilworth. In the 1960’s it became a hotel and then in the early 1990’s it was converted into quality apartments. The fire started around 1:40 PM on Wednesday 19th of February.
The first emergency services arrived on the scene shortly after 2:00 PM, with many more crews joining within the next few minutes from nearby towns including Southam, Nuneaton, Bidford, Stratford and Atherstone. The fire crews fought the fire quickly, but soon the building became a dangerous area of falling tiles, debris and gallons of water. The gas supply to the whole site was isolated as was the electricity supply to the building.
Very quickly, police blocked the surrounding roads, and took the residents to a nearby school where the Red Cross had set up a temporary rest centre until better accommodation could be organised.