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Former Northampton bar to be knocked down after fire damage

A former Northampton bar will be knocked down due to fire damage. The Balloon Bar in Bridge Street requires demolition after the blaze broke out on August 22.

Due to this, and the resulting need to protect people from the potentially dangerous site, West Northamptonshire Council said it has to keep Bridge Street closed to traffic for the foreseeable future.

Pedestrians can still use it, though the pavement directly around the site remains closed. The council is in regular dialogue with the site owner who is making plans for the demolition work to take place.

A spokesperson said it is vital that the work is carried out in a “careful and systematic way” to ensure the safety of everyone concerned, including contractors.

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An investigation into the cause of the fire continues but as the building is potentially unsafe, it has not yet been possible to determine an exact cause.

Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue their investigations where it is safe to do so and will be on-site during the demolition.

Cllr David Smith, the council’s Cabinet member for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services, said: “We would clearly prefer not to be in this situation, and we’re extremely sorry to those who continue to be impacted by the closure, but people’s safety must be our first priority.

“We’ll continue working with the site owner to ensure the demolition progresses at pace, so we can reopen Bridge Street, but we do not anticipate this being possible for some time.”

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