December 10 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
A local councillor has hit out after a garage went up in flames – just days after residents complained about an increase in fly-tipping.
Fire crews from Thetford were called to a blaze at a garage block in Dane Close at 2.30pm on Saturday.
Two crews spent 40 minutes dragging debris form the building and extinguishing the fire.
The fire happened just days after people living in the area challenged owners Flagship Housing Association about the level of fly-tipping.
Terry Jermy, Norfolk county councillor for Thetford West, said: “These problems have been going on for a long time but it has escalated over the past six months
“The garages back onto properties and people are very concerned. In some cases, the garages are attached to houses.
“Some of the garages may contain hazardous materials.”
He said items including sofas, mattresses, fridges and cupboards had been dumped near the garages over the past few months.
Mr Jermy said in order for things to improve in the area, Flagship needed to make the garages more secure.
“The garages either need to be boarded up properly or they need to install metal gates and only give the keys to those who use the garages. Flagship need to invest. They need to realise how concerned people are in the local community. The garages are deteriorating.”
He praised residents for being vigilant and calling the fire brigade.
It is not known how the fire started. Flagship Housing was unavailable for comment.