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‘We thought it was an explosion’ – Dramatic video shows car engulfed in flames following accident in Crawley

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Photo: Vikkie Ede

Video has captured the dramatic moment a car was engulfed in flames following an accident on the Balcome Road in Crawley last night in Maidenbower.

The video was caught by Vikkie Ede who helps run the Maidenbower Facebook group with John Bower.

Credit: Vikki Ede

Sussex Police along with the fire service were in quick attendance after the two car incident.

Loud bangs were heard as the flames ripped through the car causing some people to think there had been an explosion.

One resident Carol said:

“I heard what sounded like a loud bang. We thought it was an explosion and rushed outside. There were flames everywhere.”

The incident happened around 5pm yesterday (14th Dec).

The fire crew were able to extinguish the fire and an update from Sussex Police is expected shortly.

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Watch amazing time lapse as new Town Hall comes to life in Crawley

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A time lapse video of the new Town Hall has been released by Crawley Borough Council, condensing 10 months of construction into just 100 seconds.

The video, which can be viewed here, shows the empty site transformed into a striking nine-storey building. Crawley Borough Council will occupy the bottom 3.5 floors and rent out commercial space on the upper floors.

The name of the commercial space will be The Create Building. The available floor space is between 14,000 sq ft and 77,000 sq ft and Crawley-based SHW are marketing this on behalf of the council. For more information visit shw.co.uk/crawley

The landmark building, which is expected to be ready for occupation in February 2022, is part of a wider regeneration scheme at the eastern end of The Boulevard in Crawley town centre.

The scheme also includes 273 flats (of which 109 will be affordable), a new public square, public realm improvements, ground floor commercial space for a restaurant/café and district energy centre. It is a joint development between Crawley Borough Council and Westrock.

The entire redevelopment is transforming a major town centre opportunity site. The new Town Hall will:

  • Secure the council’s finances through the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants whilst achieving significant savings on the council’s current running costs
  • Provide a better, fit-for-purpose building for customers, staff and councillors
  • Contribute to achieving the council’s wider ambitions around affordable housing, post-Covid economic recovery, and tackling climate change.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “We are facing enormous challenges as a town: financial, as we are forced to keep doing more with less; social, as we struggle with a housing crisis decades in the making; and environmental, as we need to move quickly to zero-carbon to avoid climate catastrophe. The redevelopment of the Town Hall site is a vital part of Crawley’s efforts to meet all three challenges.” For more information visit investcrawley.co.uk/town-hall

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