Shocking pictures show gutted wreckage inside fire-ravaged pharmacy
New pictures show how badly damaged the Paydens Pharmacy in Mill Court, Ashford, is after an arson attack.
Staff at the adjoining Tesco Express were told last week it could be six months before repairs to the fire-ravaged building are finished.
Paydens was damaged after the suspicious fire, which started at the rear of the Tesco store on Friday, March 31.
The fire spread from the back of the supermarket, melting the guttering before spreading into the building’s roof, causing extensive damage to the steel structure.
Exclusive pictures taken by Kentish Express historian Steve Salter reveal the extent of the damage inside Paydens.
The pharmacy is looking to set up a temporary shop in the car park so patients at the neighbouring GP surgery can pick up their medicines.
Mr Salter said: “The fire may have started to the rear of the far end of Tesco but the damage inside the chemist, in particular the dispensary and consultation room, is extensive.
“Shelves and shelves of prescription drugs sit seemingly untouched amid the destruction but, together with all the everyday items found in typical chemists, they will have to be written off due to smoke and water damage.
“It’s quite surreal to see daylight where the suspended ceiling once stood.
“Piles and piles of burnt tim- bers, ceiling tiles together with insulation and roofing slate now litter the floor where many fixtures and fittings lay destroyed and melted.
“One can’t imagine how pharmacist Paul Jordan felt when seeing his normally immaculate dispensary looking so damaged.
“It is even worse for Mr Jordan, a veteran in the world of dispensing of some 30 years, together with his wife, Tina, who is also a pharmacist, because the popular chemist is like home from home for them.
“Many will be aware of Mr Jordan’s collection of vintage pharmaceutical apparatus and containers on display in the shop, which have all luckily survived the fire.”
Anyone with information on the fire can call the police on 01843 222289 and quote reference number ZY/12485/17.
The interior of Paydens Pharmacy in Mill Court, Ashford, which was destroyed in an arson attack last month