Small electrical fire sees hundreds of workers evacuated from Aviva building in Norwich

Emergency services at the Norwich Aviva offices after the lunchtime incident.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY. Emergency services at the Norwich Aviva offices after the lunchtime incident. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
2:37 PM

Hundreds of workers were evacuated from an Aviva building in the centre of Norwich at lunchtime.

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Fire crews were called to the insurance company’s office in Surrey Street at about 1.30pm today.

A spokesman for Aviva said: “We had a small electrical fire in a switch room which resulted in all staff being evacuated from the building.

“The fire brigade attended and now having dealt with this staff are returning to work.

“The incident has resulted in a small power outage in a section of the building and to comply with health and safety those staff will be going home for the day.”

The remaining staff were allowed back into the building at around 3.30pm.

9 comments

  • its near the Archant building so they probably saw it out of the window. By the way, I don't think they keep the millionaire's share capital at Surrey Street, I think its in some shoe boxes at the London office.

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    Mikado Kember

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Maybe the data stored from their mobile phone motoring app backfired on them eh Catherine?

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    cornwallcanary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Nice to see Archant doing it's bit for multi national business. When small electrical fires occur in other places such as UEA there is no mention of them. Put at risk a few millionaires share capital and there is a big fuss made. That is not a comment about all the small individual share holders of Aviva whom to the board are irrelevant.

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    PDH

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • How many Police cars does it take to put out a fire !

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Earlier they said there was smoke but no fire. There is a saying there is no smoke without fire. Hmmm no wonder people need to read the small print when it comes to insurance policies. You are covered for smoke damage but not fire damage like eh?

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    che bramley

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I wonder if the share price was affected.....the first thought of most!

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    KeithS

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Yeah Albert, How dare they play it safe when the fire alarm goes off in a huge building in the city centre, Shame on them.....

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    Russell Mcseveney

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Fire Engines and Tenders plus at least Five Police cars wailed there way along the inner link road,was it a nuclear attack ! no a small fire at Aviva

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Hope they're insured.

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    Max Headroom

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

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