Owner’s shock as nursery gut­ted by fire

No dam­age to struc­ture of build­ing as clear-up op­er­a­tion be­gins

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The ground floor and first floor of the two-storey Brind­ley House were ablaze and fire­fight­ers rushed to the de­tached build­ing on Burkes Road at about 4.45pm on Satur­day (July 16).

An­drew Bain, di­rec­tor of the nursery, spoke of his dis­tress when he found out and de­scribed how the build­ing was cov­ered in soot.

He said: “We’re very up­set be­cause we have had it for quite a long time – you can imag­ine. We are try­ing to as­sess [the dam­age].”

He added: “We’ve op­er­ated it for 10 years so yes, it was a shock.”

Mr Bain said that de­spite the fire there was no struc­tural dam­age to the build­ing.

“Once we were al­lowed in [the build­ing] it was mainly smoke dam­age,” he said: “The struc­ture is sound as any­thing so there’s noth­ing wrong with the build­ing.”

The nursery is cur­rently closed and Mr Bain said they will try to re-open as soon as pos­si­ble.

He said: “We’re shut at the mo­ment. We have no idea [when we will re­open].

“We are look­ing to open as soon as we can but we have got al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments in place for the short term.”

Brind­ley House is op­er­ated by Bea­cons­field Child­care and caters for chil­dren be­tween three­years-old to five years of age.

Bea­cons­field Child­care also op­er­ate North­gate House in the Old Town.

One ap­pli­ance and crew from Bea­cons­field, two from High Wy­combe and one from Hayes at­tended, along with an of­fi­cer.

Fire­fight­ers used a main jet, two hose reels, four sets of breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, a turntable lad­der and a PPV (pos­i­tive pres­sure ven­ti­la­tion) fan and car­ried out a re-in­spec­tion at 9pm.

The fire brigade is cur­rently look­ing into the cause of the fire. They have been con­tacted for com­ment.

Have you been af­fected by the fire? Were you there? Get in touch with re­porter Tom Her­bert at tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror. com

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