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Fire-ravaged house could be restored to its former glory

PUBLISHED: 14:58 09 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:25 09 October 2019

Flames pouring from the roof of the house in Station Road, West Runton in April. 
Picture: DEAN McCROHON

Flames pouring from the roof of the house in Station Road, West Runton in April. Picture: DEAN McCROHON

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A house that was gutted in a fire that started in an upstairs bedroom could be restored to its former glory.

The top floor of the West Runton house hit by fire back in April.
 Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe top floor of the West Runton house hit by fire back in April. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Plans for a partial reconstruction of the detached house in Station Road, West Runton, near Cromer, have been lodged with North Norfolk District Council.

The new proposals are for a replacement roof, first floor, windows and part of the walls.

A heritage statement submitted with the application states: "The appearance of the property will not be altered in the reinstatement works, restoring the building like for like to its existing appearance before the fire damage."

The blaze occurred on Easter Sunday. Trainee teacher Gaby Toyn said at the time that she was sitting chatting with her parents when a neighbour burst into the living room to alert them to the fire, which started just before 5pm. She said her parents had lived at the house for 20 years.

The house before the fire. Picture: NNDC planning documents/ Smithers PurslowThe house before the fire. Picture: NNDC planning documents/ Smithers Purslow

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