A MABLETHORPE businessman has been left counting the cost of a rubbish fire that ended up causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to his store.
A fire started at a property behind P&P Furniture in Fitzwilliam Street around midnight on Thursday night badly burned the back of the store, and further smoke and water damage meant around half of owner Philip Gosling’s stock has been written off.
Philip says he has lost between £4,000 and £5,000 worth of cost-price stock and has had to close his store while insurers work out the cost of the repairs, thought to be close to £40,000.
Police say a deliberate rubbish fire was at the centre of the blaze which also damaged a ground-floor office, roof joists and boarding.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue crews from Mablethorpe and Alford were quickly on the scene to put out the blaze.
“I was woken up by a phone call on Thursday night to say the back of the shop was on fire,” said Philip.
“I went down and thankfully the fire crews had done a great job, managing to save around half of my stock but unfortunately the other half of it was damaged by either fire or water.
“But in the end I was just pleased the people living in the flats above were able to get out ok.
“Thankfully between myself and the landlord we have building and contents insurance and we’re waiting for a visit from them this week.”
Philip says it could take ‘two or three months’ before his store, which he only opened last May, can re-open.
Meanwhile he is trading next door at the vacant former Don Noble Bookmakers, and will do his best to carry on his business as normal.
“It’s with a big thanks to Don Noble that I can still trade in the meantime, otherwise I’m not sure what I would have done,” added Philip.
Philip can take enquiries either in the vacant Don Noble betting shop next door to P&P Furniture or via his mobile on 07985 488992.
Lincolnshire Police have arrested two people, a 20-year-old female and an 18-year-old male, on suspicion of arson and intent to endanger others.
Both have been released on police bail until March 28 pending further enquiries.