crews tackle 'arson' attack on Burnham's Tuckers Garage site
was the dramatic scene in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea early on
Sunday morning (July 5th) as firefighters tackled a 'deliberate'
were called to Victoria Street at just before 2am where the wooden
hoardings around the former Tuckers Garage site were alight.
shot into the air, as pictured here, until Burnham firefighters
extinguished the blaze with several hose reel jets. They said
the fire had been deliberately set.
residents are concerned that the fire could have spread to nearby
Turco, director at Positive Wealth Creation Limited, which is
based nearby, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are deeply concerned
by Sunday morning's fire, the latest of a recent series of anti-social
behaviour incidents in the north of the town centre."
call on all relevant authorities, including the Police, Councils
and Councillors, to engage with this deteriorating situation and
to take immediate action."
Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
have been liaising with the Police and Clean Surroundings over
the past 10 weeks about the use of the Tuckers Garage site by
a vagrant and more recently young people. It is a further blow
to the traders at the northern end of the town centre that this
large site has suffered this damage. I will be in contact with
the site owners and other local parties on Monday to press to
get the hoarding reinstated as soon as possible."
incident comes just weeks after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
here about safety concerns at the site.
owner of the site - property developer Abracore - was last year
given the go-ahead to build 35 'retirement apartments' in two
blocks of three-storey buildings at the site, but there has been
no progress in starting construction.
with information on Sunday's incident that could help the Police
with their investigation should contact Crimestoppers on 0800
site was previously occupied by Tucker's Garage and petrol station,
which was demolished eight years ago this month, as we featured
Top, the blazing hoardings at the Tuckers Garage site at 2am on
Sunday and, above, the charred remains later in the day