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Fire at former Hauxton mill site treated as arson




A fire which seriously damaged a building at the historic former water mill site in Hauxton is being treated as deliberate.

Fire in a derelict building at the old water mill site Hauxton. Picture: Cambridgeshire Fire Service (38835134)
Fire in a derelict building at the old water mill site Hauxton. Picture: Cambridgeshire Fire Service (38835134)

Crews from Cambridge, Cottenham and Linton were called to the blaze near the A10 in Hauxton at 11.23pm on Saturday (July 18).

Firefighters arrived to find a well-developed fire involving a two-storey building. They extinguished the fire using hose reels and returned to their stations by 4.10am.

Police are treating the cause of the fire as deliberate.

Fire in a derelict building at the old water mill site Hauxton. Picture: Cambridgeshire Fire Service (38837475)
Fire in a derelict building at the old water mill site Hauxton. Picture: Cambridgeshire Fire Service (38837475)

Some of the buildings at the mill site date back to the 16th century and are grade II-listed but the derelict building damaged by the fire was more modern.

The site was acquired by Cambridge-based o2h in 2018 and the firm has plans to create a business park with a community of entrepreneurs in life sciences, technology and social enterprise.

The Hauxton mill site following the fire. Picture: Keith Heppell (38854453)
The Hauxton mill site following the fire. Picture: Keith Heppell (38854453)

Planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of some of the buildings and further plans will be submitted by o2h to South Cambridgeshire District Council in due course. The damage caused by fire is not expected to have any impact on the plans.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police by visiting cambs.police.uk to submit an online report or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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