Fish and chip shop gutted in blaze
Shop owner says thank you to fire service
The owner of a Scarborough fish and chip shop that was gutted by fire thinks the cause might be connected to electrical works in the road.
The owner of a fish and chip shop which was gutted by a blaze has thanked the fire service for their prompt response.
A major blaze broke out at Hanover Road Fish and Chips in Scarborough on Friday afternoon.
Scarborough and Filey appliances responded to the incident shortly after 3.30pm and the road was closed on both sides.
An eye-witness described windows being smashed and smoke coming out. They said the inside looked “gutted”.
Earlier that day the fish and chip shop had been presented with a certificate for winning second place in The Scarborough News’ Chip Shop of the Year competition.
Owner Will Miller said: “I had been in the shop an hour and a half before to receive the award. I left for lunch and then I got a call. It was devastating to see the flames, not just for my family but for the people that workthere.Iemployedfivestaff. Unfortunately we’ll have to look for a new job now.”
Although extensive damage was caused to the frying range and ground floor of the building, firefighters put out the fire in just over half an hour.
Mr Miller added: “We would like to thank the firefighters and all involved who put out the fire as quickly as possible before anybody got hurt or the fire spread. We would also like to thank all of our loyal customers and everybody who has offered to help in any way, the support we have received is fantastic and we are very grateful to everybody.”
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was caused by an electrical fault. Mr Miller believes this might have been triggered by the electrical works that took place along the road a few weeks ago.
The Scarborough News will arrange a presentation to award a new certificate to the shop.
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