Fire Service leave scene of High Town fire
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) confirm that their work at the site of the fire in High Town, Hereford has now finished.
The last fire crews finally left the scene at 4.30pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 24 October), with fire investigation completed and the site safely boarded up.
Station Commander Phil Major from H&WFRS explained: "The fire in High Town was one of the most serious incidents in Herefordshire for many years, and while the city centre may never be quite the same again, no one was injured and we must be thankful for that.
"It has been a challenging time for everyone involved but the police, the council, the Fire Service and other agencies have all pulled together to ensure the situation was brought under control quickly and safely, mindful at all times of the impact on the local economy and the risk to heritage buildings.
"The demolition work that started on Friday was completed over the weekend, with crews on standby to tackle any fire hotspots. From Saturday afternoon overnight into Sunday morning, firefighters were carrying out four-hourly re-inspections of the premises and on Sunday afternoon, once we were fully satisfied that there was no further risk, crews were given the signal to leave."
He confirmed that Herefordshire Council had arranged for the front and rear of the site to be boarded up, leaving the site safe while plans for its future are discussed.
He also confirmed that a joint investigation by police and fire officers into the cause of the fire had now been completed.