Police probe underway after fire breaks out at Mansfield surgery
An investigation is underway after a doctors’ surgery in Mansfield was damaged in a fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Nottinghamshire police said emergency services were called to Roundwood Surgery on Wood Street following a reported fire at around 5am, which has yet to be established as suspicious.
Detective Inspector Kim Binns who is leading the investigation said: "Firefighters and police officers were swiftly on the scene following a report of a fire to a surgery in Mansfield.
"Officers closed the surrounding roads following the incident.
"A joint fire and police investigation began this morning and we are appealing if anyone can help with our enquiries to come forward.
“There has been no report of any injuries and we have not established yet whether it is suspicious.”.
When contacted, the surgery's executive partner Dr Milind Tadpatrikar said the fire alarm went off about 5.15am but they have yet to assess the damage.
"My partner notified our colleagues and they saw the alarm going off and the clinical room was on fire.
"I got notified at around 7am and hundreds of messages came through informing me about the incident.
"We are waiting outside right now as the fire crew and the police investigating the scene. It looks like the fire came from the back end of the surgery, but we don't know the (extent of the) damage."
A phone call to the surgery led to an automated voicemail informing the public that it has been closed for a foreseeable future due to the fire.
The surgery has also advised its patients not to turn up as they will be in contact with them to reschedule their appointments.
Messages of support and well wishes for the surgery have since poured in on its Facebook page with many hoping the building can be saved and get up and running again.
One wrote: “Absolutely disgusting. Hope they catch who did this. As if the current situation is hard enough for the staff at the surgery.”
Another wrote: “What shocking news at any time but especially in the middle of a pandemic. A wonderful surgery I hope everyone is safe.”
Those who saw anything suspicious or have any information please call the police by calling 101, quoting incident number 69 of 2 February 2021.