Flat res­i­dents evac­u­ate as florist shop is gut­ted by fire

Peo­ple flee from their homes as blaze starts at World of Flow­ers

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A FLORIST shop in East­cote was gut­ted by fire in the early hours of Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 5.

More than 20 fire­fight­ers tack­led the blaze at World of Flow­ers florist, in Field End Road, which en­gulfed the whole shop and caused smoke dam­age to a flat above.

A man and woman es­caped un­hurt from the flat above be­fore fire crews ar­rived. An­other man and woman and two chil­dren from a nearby flat also fled their home with­out in­jury.

Four fire en­gines were on the scene af­ter Lon­don Fire Brigade (LFB) were called at 12.05am.

Gary Simkins, Ruis­lip watch man­ager, said: “The res­i­dents above the shop were alerted to the blaze by the shop front be­ing blown out.

“Thank­fully they were evac­u­ated safely with­out in­jury. Fire­fight­ers worked hard to con­tain the fire to the shop, lim­it­ing the dam­age to the flat above.

“The peo­ple did ex­actly the right thing, which helped them avoid in­jury.

“If smoke en­ters your flat, try and get out, stay out and call 999.”

Fire­fight­ers from Har­row, Ruis­lip and Hilling­don fire sta­tions at­tended the scene and spent an hour and 20 min­utes tack­ling the blaze.

The florist was still trad­ing this week in the run up to Valen­tine’s Day, one of the big­gest dates in the flo­ral cal­en­dar.

Kim­ber­ley Franck, an em­ployee, said: “The fire blew the front door out, which turned out to be quite lucky as it could have done more dam­age to the flats above if it hadn’t.

“Noth­ing from shop was sal­vage­able.

“It’s com­pletely gut­ted

the from back to front. We are still tak­ing phone or­ders and work­ing from home.

“We’ve had our shop phone switched over to a mo­bile num­ber so if cus­tomers call the shop num­ber it will go through to a mem­ber of staff.”

Ms Franck says the com­mu­nity have been of­fer­ing help and as­sis­tance since the blaze.

She added: “We’ve had a few peo­ple of­fer­ing rooms to get us back up and run­ning un­til the shop is re­opened. Our cus­tomers have been amaz­ing and the sup­port has lifted us quite a bit.”

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