Couple apply to renovate fire damaged house in Dereham
A Dereham couple who spent 21 years renovating their home are seeking planning consent to correct the devastating damage caused by a fire.
Paul Gunton was forced to jump from a first-floor window when fire broke out at the family home in Baxter Row last October.
He and his wife Dawn lost all their possessions, and the entire grade II-listed property suffered heat or smoke damage when the blaze spread from a downstairs cupboard to the lounge, bedrooms, landing, stairs, loft and dining room.
Parts of Ottaway House, which is boarded-up, are up to 200 years old; it is one of the original properties still remaining in Baxter Row.
Now, Mrs Gunton is seeking listed building consent for 25 repair works, including replacement windows, ceilings and fittings, a new bathroom and a new staircase. The entire house will also need to be redecorated, a report supporting the application states.
Unable to get downstairs, Mr Gunton threw his six-year-old bearded collie, called Cooper, out of the window to a passer-by before leaping to safety himself.
The proposed project may take between six months and a year. Breckland Council is expected to make a decision on the application by mid-March.
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