Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

UPDATE: Owners of hardware store destroyed by fire praise firefighters

Published: 20 April 2017 - Jenny Wonnacott

The owners of Watlington hardware store DG Homeware, which was left completely gutted after a vicious fire on Friday, April 7, have thanked the firefighters and members of the community who helped them.

More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at DG Homecare, Watlington. Image by Tom Dixon.
More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at DG Homecare, Watlington. Image by Tom Dixon.

Derek and Glennys Starling, who live next door to the shop they have owned for more than 30 years, were rescued by members of the public when the fire took hold on Friday evening at around 7pm. They have since been staying with family.

In a statement, the Starlings said: “Mr and Mrs Starling thank everybody in Watlington for their concern and patience while High Street has been closed. They have nothing but praise for all the firefighters who saved the building. The building will be rebuilt.”

The cause of the fire was a fault in ceiling lighting. Incident commander Marcus Reay said: “The ballast in the electrical lighting had dropped on to some recent deliveries in the store — fibreglass sandpaper and cardboard — which had subsequently ignited.”

More than 50 firefighters attended the blaze, with Mr Reay commenting at the time: ““I was very proud of my firefighters who worked tirelessly to bring the fire under control, in hot conditions using breathing apparatus, ladders and hose lines, in getting water onto the fire to stop it spreading.

"They worked tremendously together as a team and everybody put in a great deal of effort. Fortunately there were no casualties."

Police cordoned off the area while the blaze was brought under control, and the high street remained closed for the following Saturday.

Comments


(Your email address will not be published)
Already Registered?
Sign In
Not Yet Registered?
Register
Printable View E-mail Bookmark

What do you think?


Retailers: what are your thoughts on Smart Home Technology?


Latest reader comments

re: UPDATE: Social housing B&Q vouchers leaving DIY SMEs out in the cold

Anne Duffy
I got an £85 b&q decoration card was told got on the 6th March & they said it was used on the 8th which would be hard as I went to use it ...

re: Homebase scraps Spend & Save loyalty scheme

Gel
Homebase have also abandoned the "Click + Collect" service they offered until recently. A useful facility that has been removed by the new ...

re: John Lewis profits plummets by more than 50%

Paul
Not surprised by this. My small experaince with them was lots of staff walking around in 2 or 3's chatting not offering to help. When ...

re: STIHL to showcase cordless garden tool range at Glee

Gel
I wonder if this means that their previous lock down on Stihl dealers selling outside their area is now gone, or just on these Li Ion ...

re: Homebase scraps Spend & Save loyalty scheme

Jeff
I have an expired Homebase card. Have they stopped issuing new ones or renewing old ones? If so has it been replaced by Nectar card...

Most read stories