December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
One of the directors of a Hoveton furniture business has praised the way firefighters tackled a blaze that broke out in a workshop area of the site.
The fire happened in the spray booth area of Eric Bates and Sons, a family-run bespoke kitchens, furniture and interiors business, in Horning Road West on Monday at about 2.30pm.
Firefighters from across much of the county were called to the incident and it took about an hour for the fire to be put out and several more hours for crews to manage the smoke in the building.
James Bates, from Eric Bates and Sons, said firefighters were alerted by a member of staff who raised the alarm.
He said: “The fire brigade did a great job. In the scheme of things damage was very minimal, considering what could have happened, all credit to the fire brigade.”
He added: “It was amazing how they managed to contain it.”
He said the cause of the fire was not yet known. “It’s mostly just smoke damage. The shop is okay, it’s just a case of a big clean-up in the workshop.”
He said the shop was due to be open today, and that he hoped to have the workshop behind the shop fully operational again once the power supply, which had to be disconnected because of the fire, was restored. He said the rear building has a different power supply to the shop and also the front units leased to tenants, which he said all had electricity.
Firefighters from Wroxham, Sprowston, Stalham, Earlham, Fakenham, Martham, Aylsham, Great Yarmouth and Wymondham attended the scene.
Sprowston station manager Barry Key said the fire was under control “fairly quickly”, by about 3.30pm, but it took several more hours to deal with all the smoke, with firefighters leaving the scene at about 8pm.
“We had to get rid of the smoke through positive pressure ventilation and fans to force fresh air into the building to get rid of the smoke,” he said, adding that firefighters also had to make a couple of holes in the roof to let the smoke out.
He said: “There’s not a huge amount of direct fire damage other than in the room of origin, but there was a lot of smoke damage.”
He said the crews did an excellent job containing the fire.
Eric Bates and Sons is a three generation family-run business with 35 years of experience in the furniture trade.