The KE’s Remember When columnist Steve Salter said: “From an external ignition point, the damage caused is widespread. The roof has acted like a chimney and effectively jumped the fire breaks in the roof hence Paydens has equally lost out to the fire.
“Inside Tesco, stock remains largely untouched at a glance with many of the neat shelving displays still intact, but almost adjacent other shelves stocked with food are burned and wrecked with the remains of the ceiling supporting itself on top of shelves of food.
“It’s eerie to look up where the suspended ceiling and roof once sat to see the sky, like someone has peeled back the lid of a sardine tin. Even after nearly two weeks, everything is still sodden with water and covered with charred timbers and ash.
“From both the interior and above looking down, the extent of the damage is clear, the structure beneath the roof has collapsed into both Tesco and Paydens with miles of tangled electrical cables strewn throughout the debris. Thousands of pounds worth of food stock and pharmacy products will have to be written off as a result.”