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Essex: Felsted boarding house demolition almost complete
7:00pm Friday 24th August 2012 in News
The demolition of a boarding house, which was ravaged in a massive blaze, is almost complete.
Work on Follyfield House, which is part of Felsted School, is continuing after it was gutted in a fire on July 15.
More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze for over 26 hours and the building, which was opened in 1929, was so damaged it had to be knocked down.
A spokesman for the school said: “There is still probably about a week to go on the demolition.
“The temporary accommodation is in the process of going up within target.
“We are hoping that the permanent building will built in 2014.
“We are going through planning to work out the best solution for the future.”
She added that the housemistress Nicola O’Brien, her husband Felix Sanchez del Rio and their three children, who were made homeless by the fire also have a temporary home.
The spokesman said: “They are doing very well.
“Everyone has been really fantastic.”
The family had been on holiday at the time of the blaze and no Felsted pupils were residence at the time but 22 youngsters attending Stafford House International Summer School were evacuated.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.
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