Gainsborough: Fire at Sense charity shop

Fire at Sense charity shop
Fire at Sense charity shop
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There were dramatic scenes in Gainsborough town centre on Saturday as firefighters tackled a blaze at a charity shop.

Fire crews from Gainsborough, Saxilby and Misterton were called to the fire at the Sense charity shop on Silver Street at 11.35am.

Crowds of shoppers watched on as firefighters spent over two hours bringing the fire under control and making the two-storey terraced building safe, before investigations into the cause of the fire could begin.

No one was injured in the incident as staff and customers had safely made their way out of the building before fire crews arrived at the scene.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Gainsborough, Saxilby and Nottinghamshire’s Misterton attended a fire on Silver St Gainsborough. This was in a mid terrace commercial property.”

“Crews used six breathing apparatus, two hose reel, a nine metre ladder and thermal imaging camera to extinguish a fire within a fuse box.”

“Crews had put out the fire and made the building safe by 1.50pm.”

“Fire investigations then took place at the building until 4.38pm, when the last fire engine returned back to its base,” she added.

The spokesman confirmed that investigations into the cause of the fire were still taking place and the shop remained closed as the Standard went to press early on Tuesday morning.

No one from Sense in Gainsborough was available for comment.

Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for people of all ages who are deafblind.

Deafblindness refers to a combination of sight and hearing impairment which causes difficulties in a range of areas including communication, access to information and mobility.

Its has a number of charity shops up and down the country, which provide vital income that helps to fund its work throughout the UK.

Last year its high street shops raised more than £10 million through the sale of donated goods and served around four million customers.

The Gainsborough branch sells donated furniture, antiques and collectables, books, bric-a-brac, clothes, electrical items, household items, jewellery, music and DVDs.