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Demolition starts after major seaside fire

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Helen Keenan

Work to demolish Great Yarmouth's indoor market is now underway. It was destroyed, along with the Regent superbowl building, in a fire earlier this month.

The blaze has left several traders out of business during their busiest time of the year.

It took 100 firefighters almost 7 hours to dampen down the fire. The demolition work is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

Demolition work to begin after Yarmouth fire

The fire in Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV News Anglia

Work will begin today on the demolition of Great Yarmouth's indoor market which was destroyed by fire earlier this month.

Roads will be closed and hoardings will go up today at the start of 12 weeks of work on Regent Road.

The market and Regent Superbowl buildings were destroyed on August 5th. It took more than 100 firefighters to put out the blaze.

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Crews to handover fire-damaged site to contractors

A fire in Great Yarmouth destroyed an indoor market. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A week after a fire which destroyed Great Yarmouth's indoor market, crews say they have finished damping down the rubble.

They will now handover responsibility for the site to private contractors.

Work is due to start today to install hoardings which will improve access to Regent Road and make the derelict building safer.

Traders pledge to be back in business within a year after devastating fire destroys Yarmouth indoor market

Regent Road, Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV Anglia.

Traders, many of them uninsured, have promised to rebuild Great Yarmouth's indoor market and superbowl within a year. A fire in the early hours of Friday morning ripped through the buildings, despite the efforts of more than 150 firefighters. A fundraising appeal has already raised more than £2000.

"When I look at the building I feel sick inside and I think its the same for all of them. As you'll see they're all down here collecting a few quid helping out the families. But more importantly they're down here because we're like a family. This is where they come every day. Some of these guys have been here for 30 years, this is their life. They don't know any different"

– Phil Thompson, Owner

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Funding appeal for market after fire approaches target

A funding appeal has so far raised more than £1,800. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There has been a big response to an appeal to help businesses devastated by the fire in Great Yarmouth's Indoor Market.

The market and Regent Superbowl were engulfed in flames and demolition teams were brought in over the weekend to make the area safe.

A funding appeal has so far raised more than £1,800.

A section of Regent Road is still closed.

Demolition underway following Great Yarmouth fire

The building on Regent Road was completely destroyed by the fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Demolition teams have started bringing down a bowling alley and indoor market that was completely destroyed by a major fire in Great Yarmouth yesterday.

The Regent Superbowl was engulfed by flames early yesterday morning and almost 100 firefighters were needed to bring the blaze under control.

A section of Regent Road is still closed and fire crews say that demolishing the complex is the best way to get the town back to normal as quickly as possible.

Businesses affected by the fire can contact the council on 01493 846431.

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Great Yarmouth still 'open for business' despite major fire

The fire devastated the building. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Civic leaders say that Great Yarmouth is still 'open for business' despite a devastating fire in the town today.

The fire tore through a bowling alley and indoor market in Regent Road early this morning and nearby homes and businesses had to be evacuated.

Dozens of firefighters are still at the scene but councillors have been quick to stress that they still want people to visit at the height of the summer season.

Now that the clear up is underway and the roads are re-opening, Great Yarmouth will continue welcoming tourists and day trippers to our popular seaside resort.

Huge thanks must go to all local residents and businesses for their support at this time when thousands of people are heading to the area for their summer holidays.

The loss of this small section of Regent Road is a blow, but visitors will still find plenty of other attractions and amenities to enjoy along the rest of Regent Road, on the seafront and in the wider Greater Yarmouth area.

– Graham Plant, Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council
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