Bird hide destroyed by fire on college grounds

Firefighters tackled a fire in Sheepen Road, Colchester Picture: MAISON THOMAS SMITH

Firefighters tackled a fire in Sheepen Road, Colchester Picture: MAISON THOMAS SMITH - Credit: Archant

A bird hide belonging to the Colchester Institute has been destroyed following a serious fire on Saturday night, it has been confirmed.

Firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue were called to Sheepen Road on Colchester at 8.30pm last night to a blaze on the campus perimeter.

On arrival, the two crews from Colchester found that a wooden outbuilding, measuring approximately 15m x 5m, was completely alight and that the fire had spread to nearby fences and bushes.

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Crews spent an hour and a half putting out the blaze and left the scene at around 10pm.

In a statement on Twitter the Colchester Institute confirmed the loss of its bird hide.


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It said: “We can confirm that there has been a fire on campus which affected the bird hide on the campus perimeter by Hilly fields.

“No further damage has occurred and the campus is now secure.

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“With special thanks to the amazing response from the local Fire Brigade who extinguished the fire.”

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