Sa­lon is back af­ter ‘dev­as­tat­ing’ blaze

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●● Lau­ren Kemp­son, He­len Coates and Amy Nunn at the re­fur­bished sa­lon CHRIS GEE

ABEAUTY sa­lon owner has thanked cus­tomers and neigh­bours for their kind­ness af­ter the busi­ness re­opened months af­ter being rav­aged by a ‘dev­as­tat­ing’ fire.

He­len Coates Beauty Sa­lon, on Burn­ley Road, Craw­shaw­booth, is now fully open for busi­ness - af­ter the blaze caused the sa­lon to close.

He­len Varnom, who has owned the sa­lon for four years, said the ac­ci­den­tal fire on Fe­bru­ary 10 had left her heart­bro­ken.

She said: “I was in­con­solable when I saw the dam­age.

“The whole place was dev­as­tated and it was our liveli­hoods at stake.

“All the equip­ment was in there and the whole premises had been badly smoke-dam­aged.

“We had no op­tion but to tem­po­rar­ily close and it left us all heart­bro­ken and un­able to work.”

He­len said an ex­ter­nal elec­tri­cal fault in the lower ground floor dur­ing busi­ness hours caused the premises to be evac­u­ated, and led to ex­ten­sive dam­age to that area, with the rest of the build­ing badly af­fected by smoke.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the scene af­ter quick­think­ing beau­ti­cians Amy Nunn and Lau­ren Kemp­son calmly took charge of the sit­u­a­tion.

They evac­u­ated clients to safety and raised the alarm.

He­len added: “I was ex­tremely grate­ful and very proud of Amy and Lau­ren for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and brav­ery in what was a very dis­tress­ing sit­u­a­tion.

“The dam­age has taken more than three months to re­pair, but I’m more than happy with the re­sult.

“The sa­lon has been re­turned back to its orig­i­nal state.

“I wanted it to get that wel­com­ing am­bi­ence back and I think we’ve done it.”

He­len de­scribed her staff as ‘ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic’ and thanked her cus­tomers for their sup­port and pa­tience while the work was being done.

She said: “I’m also very grate­ful to the lo­cal busi­nesses for their con­tin­ued sup­port and never end­ing kind­ness when the in­ci­dent hap­pened - es­pe­cially Lor­raine’s Hair Sa­lon next door.

“We are so ex­cited to have the sa­lon re-opened and are ex­tremely pos­i­tive about the fu­ture.

“This is the time for us to move for­ward and we are in­tro­duc­ing a new Aes­thet­ics Clinic of­fer­ing a wide range of new treat­ments in­clud­ing wrin­kle re­duc­tions and Der­mal lip fillers.”

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