Clean up work starts after fire at indoor market and bowling alley in Great Yarmouth

Fire at Regent Superbowl in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. PICTURE: ANTONY KELLY

Fire at Regent Superbowl in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. PICTURE: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: ANTONY KELLY

The clean up work at Great Yarmouth's Indoor Market and Regent Superbowl began to take place today, after yesterday's devastating fire.

The start of the demolition started to take place this morning, with masonry removed to make the structure safe.

A fire crew was on scene throughout the morning so that they could continue to dampen the building at ground level.

Damping down will continue throughout the weekend with the fire appliance returning every few hours.

After expert opinion provided this morning, a need has been identified to clear asbestos containing material from the site, and to secure broken windows on properties opposite.

A clean-up crew wearing protective gear are starting to remove the debris and another team have started to board up windows.

The aim is to decrease the cordoned-off area so that a narrow walk-way to reconnect Regent Road for pedestrians can be created as soon as possible.

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A cordoned-off area will remain in place around the site until further evaluation takes place on Monday.

Residents will not be able to access their properties from the front if the front of the building is within the cordoned off area until further notice, though access from the rear may be possible.

Residents who are unable to access their property and who require emergency accommodation should contact 01493 846140 for assistance.

The majority of businesses on Regent Road were back open today, but those based in the cordoned off area were unable to open.

Power has been restored to all businesses on Regent Road.

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