Wallingford: Video Of Fire Damaged Council Building

A video's been released showing the extensive damage caused by a huge fire at Council offices in Oxfordshire.

It's as the councils say they're nearly back to business as usual - following the blaze thee weeks ago.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse offices in Crowmarsh Gifford were 85% gutted by the fire on 15 January.

Around two thirds of their staff are now working out of temporary offices in Abingdon - and may have to for another three years, it's been announced.

The main public front line services such as waste collections and leisure centres weren’t affected by the fire, and other emergency council services, like homelessness prevention were immediately up and running the morning after the fire.

Planning applications are taking aroud two weeks longer than usual to process.

A final decision on what will happen to the burnt-out building is yet to be made.

The administrative offices of a funeral directors and a thatched cottage were also torched.

Twenty-seven fire crews were sent to the infernos - all reported within less than 10 minutes of each other, just after 3am.

On the say of the fires, a witness described seeing a burnt-out car in the foyer of the council headquarters, while aerial images show a collapsed section of roof on the charred remains of the building.

The newly released video shows the damage in more detail.

 

 

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