Arsonists believed to have started Carterton care home fire

Fire crews yesterday at the former Doris Watts Care Home in Carterton. Picture: Simon Williams

A fire service crane at the care home. Picture: Simon Williams

A damaged door. Picture: Simon Williams

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FIRE services from across the county attended the former Doris Watts Care Home on Milestone Road, Carterton, yesterday after a passer-by spotted smoke.

Crews from Bampton, Witney, Abingdon, Faringdon and Oxford were called to the scene.

Police Sgt Philippa Payne said: “As it was disused, we are treating this as suspicious and the cause is under investigation.”

Fire and rescue service station manager Mike Adcock said: “There was no-one inside. There was severe damage to two first-floor rooms and smoke damage to the rest of building.”

Harry Watts, 63, owns the building. He said: “I had turned off all of the electrics, so I am certain that it was arson.

“Buildings don’t catch fire by themselves. The fire crews and police were splendid.”

The building is up for sale. Mr Watts says it has potential to be converted into a hostel or B&B.

The fire broke out on the first floor of the east wing.

Police closed off Milestone Road to the public at 8am, and opened it again at 12.30pm.

The care home closed after an inspection from the Care Quality Commission last March revealed a failure to provide adequate care.

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10:04am Sun 26 Jan 14

rabbitrr says...

A hostel? That's the last thing the local residents or town needs. This is one to keep an eye on and to block when the planning app goes in
A hostel? That's the last thing the local residents or town needs. This is one to keep an eye on and to block when the planning app goes in rabbitrr
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6:06pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Muckaway says...

Has anyone noticed that in West Oxfordshire over the years, several empty buildings with "development potential" burn down?
Expect redevelopment in Milestone Road very soon...
Has anyone noticed that in West Oxfordshire over the years, several empty buildings with "development potential" burn down? Expect redevelopment in Milestone Road very soon... Muckaway
  • Score: 1

2:11pm Mon 27 Jan 14

jf says...

Mmmmm- something fishy going here I think!
Mmmmm- something fishy going here I think! jf
  • Score: 2

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