Friday 1st November 2019
Avantage, working with Cheshire East Council and Your Housing Group, have welcomed the findings of the investigation into the fire at Beechmere, in which 130 residents lost their homes and personal belongings.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue carried out a forensic investigation of the extensively damaged complex and have found that the fire was accidental and began on a third-floor roof terrace, spreading through the building.
More than 100 elderly residents were evacuated safely, thanks to the swift actions of the fire service, staff at the complex and the quick thinking of local residents who helped with the evacuation.
Your Housing Group assisted by the council’s housing options team, is in the process of finding long-term housing for the residents who have been placed in temporary accommodation. Around two-thirds of the residents have been found alternative permanent homes to date.
The intention is to rebuild the Beechmere complex and Avantage are currently working with the council and partner organisations on progressing this.
Friday 6th September 2019
Brian Cronin, Chief Executive for Your Housing Group has provided a video update regarding the Beechmere Fire. To view this information please click here
Tuesday 27th August 2019
On Thursday, the 8th of August 2019, we suffered a catastrophic fire at our Residential Retirement Village, Beechmere in Crewe. It has been a tragic situation for everyone concerned.
The response from Your Housing Group and the wider community has been overwhelming. We are working with Your Housing Group to ensure they have everything they need to support the residents and staff.
Avantage is committed to minimising the disruption which has arisen on site extending to the initial demolition and clearance works which are underway, and ultimately to rebuild Beechmere.
Detailed investigations are ongoing in order to determine the precise cause of the fire, and we are continuing to work closely with Cheshire Fire and Rescue to help facilitate their investigation.
In the meantime people have been asking us about insurance. Our advice is that in the first instance you should approach your own insurers and advise them of the incident and the damage that may have been sustained to your property.
Please keep referring to this website for updates and further guidance. We have also set up a dedicated telephone help line for insurance queries and email address where you can direct any enquiries regarding insurance.
The number for insurance queries is 0161 237 7823
The email address is [email protected]
Any questions regarding alternative accommodation please speak to your Resident Liaison Officer that has been appointed to you by Your Housing Group or call their helpline on 0330 135 9019
Monday 19th August 2019
We’re devastated by the effects of the fire at Beechmere and relieved that everyone on site at the time were all safely evacuated.
Since Thursday 15th August, we’ve been working closely with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. The site at Beechmere is still in their control whilst they continue to make the site safe and carry out their investigations.
Right now, the ultimate focus will be to ensure regular updates are provided.
To help with this Your Housing Group will be providing an onsite presence in a mobile office facility at Beechmere where those with any questions or queries can pop in to speak to a liaison officer. This facility will be open daily from 10am till 6pm.
A dedicated helpline has also been set up to assist with any queries which is live from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday – 0330 135 9019.
More information and updates can be found on the Your Housing Group website
A 24-hour help line has also been set up by the local authority, any residents or relatives who have any concerns about social care or accommodation regarding the fire can contact them on 0300 123 5025.