Newmarket fire

You may be aware of a fire involving flats on George Lambton Avenue, Newmarket on Sunday, 9 April.

Here is an update on what has happened and how you may be able to help.

Forest Heath District Council has arranged emergency accommodation for 23 people made homeless as a result of the fire. Short-term accommodation has been identified until the situation becomes clearer.

The council’s Building Control officers attended the fire and are assessing the damage as well as working with the Fire Service. Some flats have been significantly damaged and we would welcome local landlords with available accommodation to come forward. Please contact David Rutterford, West Suffolk Lettings Partnership 01284 757639.

The families have been left without food or clothing and may have to set up home again. Any local organisations or residents who may want to offer support such as toiletries, clothing or food and even furniture would be warmly welcomed. We have contacted local businesses and are working with Newmarket Open Door for people to make donations. They can be contacted through John Durrant on 07767 837054 who will give advice on donations.

Landlord Flagship Group will use their Ranger service to then drop these off from Open Door to the families in need.

We have also been in contact with Racing Welfare who have also offered their support to aid anyone who works or has worked in the racing industry and affected by the fire. They can be contacted on 0800 6300 443.

The council is liaising with Flagship to support the families whilst they are out of their homes, and to make sure that they are kept informed of progress and to secure belongings.

Flagship have also agreed to have one point of contact for tenants involved. Lisa McCamley, phone 07879 602346.