Investigation into cause of Kettering fire under way

An investigation is under way to establish how a devastating Kettering fire started.

Tuesday, 14th May 2019, 2:29 pm
The remains of the building. NNL-190514-133326005

Kettering Bedding Centre in Regent Street went up in flames at about 12.30pm yesterday (Monday), with the blaze destroying the unit and a van parked outside.

Roads in the area were closed and people evacuated with nine families unable to return home overnight because of the effects of the fire on nearby properties.

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The remains of the building. NNL-190514-133326005

Firefighters remain at the scene today to monitor hotspots within the remains of the building and make the area safe.

A Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) spokesman said: “A safety cordon means evacuated properties adjacent to and opposite the business premises remain inaccessible, with a section of Regent Street remaining closed to through traffic and pedestrians.

“Officers from Northamptonshire Police remain on scene to assist the work of NFRS.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.”

Large Fire: Kettering: Kettering Bedding Centre, fire at business in Regent Street, Kettering. Fire and Police on scene Monday, May 13th 2019 NNL-190513-154313009

Smoke billowed from the shop and was visible across the town before the fire spread with huge flames coming out of the shop’s frontage.

Kettering Bedding Centre had run a business there since the late 1960s.

Yesterday devastated firm director Anthony Caswell-Jones described the moment he fled the burning building.

He said the the fire took hold in the roof.

Large Fire: Kettering: Kettering Bedding Centre, fire at business in Regent Street, Kettering. Fire and Police on scene Monday, May 13th 2019 NNL-190513-153719009

He said: “Someone was working on the roof doing repairs and then I heard the smoke detectors going off.

“There was quite a big fire on the roof.

“I grabbed a fire hydrant and then the smoke just hit me so quickly.

“I got out and rang 999.”

Two roads closed and residents evacuated following fire at Kettering Bedding Centre building., Regent Street, Kettering Monday 13 May 2019. Picture by Terry Harris. NNL-190514-101116005

Residents affected by the fire and requiring accommodation are advised to contact Kettering Council on 01536 410333, email [email protected], or visit the council offices in Bowling Green Road.