Shropshire Star

Suspected arson attack causes thousands of pounds of damage for Welshpool business

Thousands of pounds of carpets were destroyed in a warehouse fire.

The scene of the fire in Welshpool

Stock about to be delivered to customers went up in smoke.

It left staff at Canalside Carpets in Welshpool rushing to make alternative arrangements in order to ensure deliveries could still be made.

The fire tore through the warehouse of the carpet warehouse along with an adjoining building and carpentry business.

Fire investigators remained on site at Canalside Carpets and SWG carpentry in Welshpool all day yesterday trying to establish the cause of the blaze.

It is believed arsonists may have been responsible for the blaze, which broke out at about 11.45pm on Thursday.

A cause has not yet been determined, however those who work at the firm say it is thought to be a suspected arson attack.

Five crews from Welshpool, Montgomery, Llanfair Caereinion and Oswestry were called to tackle the blaze which took until 4.30am yesterday to get under control and left the site off Severn Road "quite badly damaged", according to Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service control room.

Police also attended and warned residents nearby that they may have heard small aerosol explosions in area due to the blaze.

Emergency services confirmed nobody was hurt in the fire.

Today Jacqui Gough, who works for the firm, said she was "struggling to get her head around how it happened".

She said: "What's happened is just unbelievable. We're all absolutely gutted, frustrated and of course tired because obviously it happened late last night.

"We're not really sure how this has happened, and at the moment that is under investigation but if this was an arson attack, I hope the perpetrators are caught because this isn't fair, we're a local, home grown business, and this has cost us thousands, it's too early to say how much but certainly thousands."

Ms Gough said the fire has destroyed two of their employees vehicles – a car and a van, stock, machinery and materials including timber, plastic and vinyl.

Initially the firm were planning on cancelling anyone due to get carpet fitted yesterday and in the coming days but have insisted it is business as usual as they are able to pick up the carpets straight from their suppliers instead.

Ms Gough said: "To begin with we did predict the worst because we have had stock destroyed but because of us having such a good relationship with our supplier, we're able to get our stock directly from them, which means it's business as usual thank goodness.

"As well as being grateful for our supplier, I'd also like to say a big thank you to the emergency services for their rapid response and for doing such a great job, but also thank you for the support of local people, who have come up to check everything's okay. It really means a lot."

This suspected arson comes a little over a month after a row of town centre garages on Salop Road went up in flames in an arson attack.

Sian George, a spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police, said: "At approximately 11.35pm on Thursday, police received reports of a carpet business property that was well alight in Severn Road, Welshpool.

"The fire was under control by approximately 12.15am, and there was no requirement to evacuate any premises. No one was injured.

"The cause of the fire is thought to be suspicious, and police are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious."

Anyone with any information should call 101, textphone 18001 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.