Former Norwich fire station fails safety inspection

Bethel Street Fire Station in Norwich Norfolk Fire Service recently moved out of Bethel Street Fire Station in the city centre

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The former main fire station in Norwich has failed a fire safety inspection delaying a move by new tenants.

Temporary tenants were due to take over the building on Bethel Street last week, Norfolk County Council said.

It was earmarked for temporary residents in the hope of deterring vandals and squatters.

A final inspection by Norfolk Fire Service, county and officials deemed the building too unsafe for the new occupants to move in.

Authorities plan to inspect the property again on Monday.

The Grade II-listed building is on sale with planning permission for residential flats and offices.

Firefighters covering the city centre area moved to a new purpose-built £4.5m station on Martineau Lane, on the outskirts of the city, in August.

They had previously been based at Bethel Street for 80 years.

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