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Historic Derby theatre damaged in fire

28 Nov 2011

A historic Derby theatre has been damaged after fire tore through the building on Saturday (26th November).

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Hippodrome theatre in the city centre at around 3:30am. Fifteen people were evacuated from nearby homes to a local hotel as officers fought back the flames.

At the height of the blaze, nine appliances and 50 firefighters were at the site to bring the fire under control.

The fire service confirmed that it would not be able to enter the Grade-II building for a number of days due to safety concerns over its structural integrity.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales.

If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up two years.

Local police and fire crews have launched a joint investigation into the cause of the fire.

Posted by Paul Clarke