80 firefighters tackle blaze at former psychiatric hospital

More than 80 firefighters spent last night tackling a blaze at an old hospital site in Northampton.

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Residents believe hospital fire was arson

Firefighters in Northampton have been damping down after flames tore through a derelict psychiatric hospital.

Around 80 crew members tackled the blaze which broke out late last night at St Crispin's in Duston.

The cause of the fire is not yet known but people living nearby say they think it was started deliberately.

Click below to watch a report by Russell Hookey:

Debris from hospital fire 'may contain asbestos'

Northamptonshire Police say a multi-agency meeting has taken place at St Crispin’s Hospital this morning following a large fire last night.

Firefighters 'damping down' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Emergency services were called just before 11pm to a fire at one of the buildings on the former hospital site.

The road diversions in place at St Crispin's have been lifted, a one way system had been in place to allow fire hoses to lay along the main roads in order to get water to the site.

Now the fire has been extinguished local people are safe to open doors and windows. However, people are advised not to clear away any debris from the fire as it may contain asbestos.

The local authority emergency planning team is organising for specialist cleaners to visit the area and remove the debris as soon as possible.

The new play area at St Crispin’s is closed while this work takes place, as debris has fallen in the area.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a small fire at the site on Sunday afternoon. Following that incident the Arson Task Force made contact with the developers who own the site on Monday about making improvements to site security.

A multi-agency inspection of the site has taken place this morning, although no one has been able to go into the building which was alight as it is still too hot to enter.

Investigations into the cause of the fire will only be able to take place once access to the site is possible.

Police are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of how the fire started and are appealing for anyone who may have any information about it to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Viewer footage of St Crispin hospital fire

Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service received calls to a fire at the site of the former St Crispin Psychiatric Hospital, Berrywood Road, Northampton late last night.

At the height of the fire 12 pumps, five 'special vehicles' and a total of 80 firefighters were tackling the flames.

ITV News Anglia viewer, Liann Foster, witnessed the blaze.

Click below to watch an amateur video by Liann:

Eighty firefighters tackle blaze at former hospital

More than 80 firefighters have spent the night tackling a blaze at an old hospital site in Northampton.

Firefighters spent the night tackling a blaze at a former hospital site in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
Fire crews 'damping down' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Crews were called to the former St Crispin Psychiatric Hospital off Berrywood Road in the town just before 11pm yesterday.

People living nearby are being urged to keep their windows and doors closed.

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