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  • "The cause of the fire is not yet know but it is not believed to have been suspicious.

    Yeh right! Just like Tubswick, Daniel Defoe's house or the Severalls hospital listed building. All mysteriously 'self ignighted' in the dead of night! Seems it is the easiest way of getting around grade listing planning restrictions."
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Grade II listed Sgts Mess damaged in devastating blaze

Grade II listed Sgts Mess damaged in devastating blaze

Flames engulf the Sgts Mess. Picture: Darius Laws

Firefighters fight the inferno at the Sergeants' Mess. Picture: Darius Laws

The listed building burns

First published in News by

RESIDENTS have told of the terrifying moments as they left their homes as flames engulfted the nearby Sergeants' Mess in Colchester.

The devastating blaze has caused serious damage to the Grade II listed building.

Seven fire crews managed to save the Sergeants Mess, the site of the starting gates of the Roman chariot circus, but it has been partially destroyed and the roof has collapsed.

Residents living nearby said thick, acrid smoke surrounded their homes which they had to leave.

Many went to stay with family and friends while other were cared for at an emergency centre set up at Colchester Leisure World.

For more on this story, get Monday's Gazette.

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