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Echo, 25 years ago

Echo, October 11, 1990


A mystery blaze left the 110-year-old former Coupals retirement home in Haverhill with its roof wrecked and the top two floors gutted.

Fire experts and police spend hours sifting through the wreckage, but the damage was so severe they were unable to whether or not the fire had been started deliberately.

The 30-room house had stood empty and up for sale since Essex County Council closed it 18-months earlier.

About 70 firefighters from three different counties used ten pumps and took four hours to bring the fire under control.


Despite an 1,800 name petition being handed in to West Suffolk Health Authority, Haverhill was not going to get a called-for second ambulance to serve the town.

Haverhill councillor, Colin Jones, who handed in the petition, said he would be requesting a meeting with the health authority to further press their case.

Cllr Jones was told that 90 percent of ambulance call-outs in the area were met within the required 20 minutes.

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