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Praise for Norwood blaze firefighters

30/1/13   Firefighters amongst the debris  as smoke still rises following the fire at Batheaston Furniture  at Norwood near Harrogate .

30/1/13 Firefighters amongst the debris as smoke still rises following the fire at Batheaston Furniture at Norwood near Harrogate .

A “serious and severe” fire in a furniture workshop near Pateley Bridge was made worse by bad weather and flammable materials on site, firefighters have said.

Batheaston bespoke furniture’s workshop went up in flames in the early hours of Wednesday.

Firefighters were called at about 2am after a passerby spotted the fire and knocked on the door of a neighbouring house, Harrogate Fire Station manager Simon Render said.

Strong winds and the amount of flammable materials inlucing wood, varnishes and thinners inside the building made the blaze even worse, he added.

“It was a very serious and severe fire, but the crews did an absolutely fantastic job preventing it from destroying the adjoining house and the furniture showroom,” Mr Render said.

“They managed to salvage some of the furniture on display in the showroom, and saved the house.

“I can’t praise them enough.

“WE’re just pleased that nobody was hurt and nobody lost their life in the fire.”

The furniture workshop was completely destroyed in the fire, but no one was hurt and both the adjoining house and showroom were saved from damage.

At its height four fire engines from Harrogate, Summerbridge and Otley and an aerial ladder platform were at the scene, and 25 firefighters fought the blaze. Crews stayed at the site “damping down” until 4pm on Thursday.

A investigation into the cause of the fire is still going on today, Friday.

 

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