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Aerial photo captures extent of fire damage after blaze ripped through Northampton’s former St Crispin’s hospital

Aerial view of St Crispins Hospital following the August 2014 fire. Pic by Nigel Dunlop.

Aerial view of St Crispins Hospital following the August 2014 fire. Pic by Nigel Dunlop.

A photographer has taken an aerial view shot of St Crispin’s hospital after a huge inferno ripped through one of the derelict buildings.

Around 80 firefighters battled the blaze on Wednesday evening and into the early hours of Thursday morning in Berrywood Road.

Terry Smith, incident commander on the night, told the Chron that as well as putting the fire out, another priority was to stop it spreading to neighbouring buildings.

The fire, which took four hours to get under control, was contained to just one of the old hospital buildings - pictured here on the bottom left of the photo.

Mr Smith said the building had suffered severe structural damage and had been deemed unsafe.

The photo also captures its neighbouring buildings, including the clock tower, which were once all part of the former physiatric hospital.

Irish firm WN Developments took over the site near Duston in 2009 and announced major plans to bring it back to life. However, five years later no development of the former hospital has yet taken place.

St Crispin’s Hospital was a former large psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Duston, established in 1876. It closed in 1995.

Picture by Nigel Dunlop and supplied by Danny Carter.

 

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