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Firefighters tackle large blaze at St Crispin’s Hospital site in Northampton

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More than 70 firefighters tackled a huge blaze on the site of the former St Crispin’s Hospital in Northampton last night.

A total of 12 crews of firefighters were called out to the derelict building shortly before 11pm on Wednesday night.

A spokesman for Northants Fire & Rescue said 70 999 phone calls were made by local residents reporting smoke coming from the building.

In total, 12 fire engines, two aerial appliances, an incident command unit and a high volume pump are at the scene.

A spokesman for Northants Fire & Rescue said: “Our advice is to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution.

“If you are driving through any smoke turn the air conditioning off and set the air intake in the vehicle to internal rather than taking air from inside.”

No one is believed to have been injured as a result of the fire.

It is the second time in four days fire crews have been called out to St Crispin’s Hospital as two crews were called on Sunday to deal with a fire on the site.

Irish firm WN Developments took over the site near Duston in 2009 and announced major plans to bring it back to life. St Crispin’s plans 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.

Dozens of residents came out of their homes to watch the fire that could be seen from the village of Harpole.

A number of people on Twitter were already expressing their sadness at the demise of the historic building.

Northampton Borough Council leader David Mackintosh tweeted: “Very worrying pictures from the fire at St Crispin’s tonight. Good to know @northantsfire are responding and I hope everyone is safe.”

 

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