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Iconic Sheerness Glass House to be auctioned off

The iconic Glass House building in Sheerness is set to be auctioned off.

The property, on the corner of Richmond Street and Marine Parade, will go under the hammer on December 14.

For a reserve that will be set no higher than £5,000, a potential buyer could own the freehold of seven flats.

Scaffolding around the Glass House in Sheerness
Scaffolding around the Glass House in Sheerness

Auctioneers Clive Emson advise that six of the apartments were sold on 99-year leases from 1992, while the other was bought on a 189-year term the same year.

The new freeholder would receive a combined total of £350 in ground rent per annum, which would rise to £525 in 2017.

In June 2013, the building was nearly destroyed by a fire that ripped through the top floor and roof.

The Glass House on fire
The Glass House on fire

Friends Paul Miles and Kirsty Sawyer were both left seriously injured after they fell four storeys from a window ledge.

The duo required extensive hospital treatment after sustaining fourth degree burns, broken bones and internal bleeding.

Their friend Craig Monahan, who was in the top-floor flat with them, was rescued by firefighters as he hung-out of the window.

Craig climbs from the top floor window
Craig climbs from the top floor window

The blaze was initially treated as arson, but police shelved their investigation in January 2014 after exhausting all lines of inquiry.

As well as the Glass House, a shop in Sheerness High Street is also being sold at the same auction.

The two-storey building, which includes retail space and self-contained flat above, has a guide price of £85,000 to £90,000.

The shop is next to Black Cat Trading and close to the Co-op and H. Samuel jewellers.

For more details about the auction, call Clive Emson on 01622 608400.

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