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Large portion of wall collapses on Cullompton High Street

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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PART of a Cullompton building that has been left an eyesore following fire four years ago has collapsed onto a town centre pavement.

Harlequin Valet, High Street, and two flats above it, were gutted by a devastating blaze which took firefighters from across Devon all night to bring under control in January 2010.

The property has been the subject of a number of planning applications for its redevelopment but there appears to be little evidence to suggest any work has been carried-out.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service was called to the property at around 8.40pm last night. Police have since cordoned off the area.

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A fire service spokesman said: “One fire appliance from Cullompton was sent to a report of a wall collapsed onto a pavement at the above location.

“On arrival the crew confirmed that a large portion of cob wall from a derelict building had collapsed onto the pavement. A local authority building surveyor was requested to attend to assess the safety of the building.

“A substantial cordon was put in place and the incident was then handed over to the police.”

Councillor Nikki Woollatt, who has long called for improvements to the building, said: “I informed the council in the early part of last week that a piece had fallen from the building, it was inevitable that something like this would happen having left the building in that state for so long.

“Thank goodness it happened when it did; it doesn't bear thinking about the consequences had it happened when toddlers and parents were waiting to go into Noah's Ark pre-school.”

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