Park House fire cause ‘unclear’

Park House fire cause ‘unclear’

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

FIREFIGHTERS have been unable to determine the cause of the huge blaze at the former Park House building in Waterloo due to “the structural instability of the building.”

The Champion reported how flames spread across all three floors of the former convent,  which started at around 4pm on Wednesday, July 20.

Since the fire, significant damage can now be seen from the street below.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire and Rescue told the Champion: “A full joint investigation was carried out between MFRS and Merseyside Police. The investigation was unable to determine a cause of the fire due to the structural instability of the building.”

Meanwhile, a developer who plans to demolish the building and replace it with 106 apartments has said it is working with the emergency services to “prevent further incidents and assist them with their investigation.”

John Chorlton, planning manager for Anwyl Partnerships, said: “Unfortunately, prior to the determination of the application, the site has been subject to extensive anti-social behaviour. Anwyl have been working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Merseyside Police to prevent further incidents and assist them with their investigation. Anwyl will continue to work with the council on the planning application.” Having had  similar plans rejected in 2021, Anwyl’s new proposals include a reduction on the number of planned apartments from 142 to 106, while the existing woodland and pond will be retained. The developer says the updated proposal “seeks to address the concerns” raised by the council.

The apartments will be for over-55s, and spread across two blocks.

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