Fire destroys builders merchant’s warehouse

A Gloucestershire builders merchants was open again for business the day after fire swept through their plumbing and heating centre.

The fire at Hales & Co in Drybrook, Gloucestershire started around 3pm on Friday afternoon in a little-used section of the warehouse and spread through the building, destroying plastic underground fittings and plumbing and heating equipment.

Joint owner Roger Hale told that the first firecrew was there within 10 minutes of being called, to be followed by around nine other crew who were there all Friday night and Saturday morning.

“Luckily no-one was hurt but it is soul destroying to think of what’s gone,” he said. “We were getting ready to open a Rayburn demonstration area which staff have worked really hard to get ready but unfortunately that has gone along with radiators, fittings, copper fittings and other products.”

The business opened again as usual on Saturday morning and have already begun to order replacement stock.

Fire investigators are trying to work out how the blaze started.

Hale said: “We will keep going, things will be a bit disrupted for the next few months until we are back to normal. Luckily, it happened at 3pm when there were people around or the damage might have been far worse.”

He said staff had been touched by the support from customers.

Hales was founded more than 100 years ago by John Hale more than 100 years ago and remains on the same site.

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