Thursday, December 1 2022

A fundraiser was launched after a bookstore was destroyed in a fire in an industrial area.

Eight fire engines battled the blaze at its peak, which swept through a warehouse in the Spencer industrial estate in Buckley, Flintshire on Tuesday.

Berwyn Books and Cheshire Books Center told customers the blaze had devastating consequences for them, with the building now “doomed”.

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“The fire has spread to all the premises. We do not know what to say, except that everything is gone,” they said in a statement.

After the fire, they released another statement, briefing customers on the situation, while also stating a GoFundMe page was set up by a client to raise funds for them.

They said: “The building was condemned last night. The condition of the structure is currently extremely dangerous, which means that no one has access to it.

“The excavation began at 8 a.m. this morning, and the fire and rescue team remains on site to monitor potential hot spots and make sure everything remains safe during the excavation.

Berwyn Books, Spencer Industrial Estate, Buckley. The classic bookstore was destroyed by a huge fire on Tuesday evening.

“That’s all we have for a general update so far. We know this is moving slowly, but every precaution should be taken to keep the firefighters and everyone else in the area safe.

“Now let’s move on to our future. The truth is, we still don’t know what’s going to happen, but we are and will remain optimistic.

“Many thanks to Lauren, one of our wonderful customers, who created a GoFundMe page. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to help us.”

He added that they always gratefully accept donations of books.

Firefighters tackle the Spencer Industrial Estate blaze in Buckley
Firefighters tackle the Spencer Industrial Estate blaze in Buckley

“If you have any books that you can donate, we ask that you send us a message so that we can organize their collection,” the statement read.

“Right now we obviously have nowhere to store the books, so please indulge us as we try to make room in our homes for donations.

“If there is anything else you can do to help, we ask that you contact us. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is – we would just be grateful for anything right now.

“We cannot express enough how much all of your kind words mean to us. We have been inundated with messages of love and condolences.

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“Your messages made us realize how important this place is to so many people, and knowing what impact we have had on so many lives has given us some light in such a dark time.”

Earlier in the day, an aerial ladder platform and a team from Wrexham remained at the scene, monitoring the area with hourly temperature checks. Demolition crews were also on site.

A spokeswoman for the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS) said: “Once the site is found to be safe, an investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the blaze.”

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