shop suffers £15,000 of damage after motorbike blaze
Highbridge town centre shop has been left with an estimated £15,000-£20,000
of damage after a motorbike fire spread to the building on Monday.
TVs were destroyed, along with the whole of shopfront of Mike Jones
TV Services in Highbridge's Church Street after a BMW motorbike
burst into flames, as we first
extinguished the blaze and tried to avoid it spreading, but nothing
could be done to prevent the fire damaging the shop.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Mike Jones said: "We are open for repairs
and servicing, but the shop will be shut for some time."
was in the shop at the time when the motorbike caught fire
I heard a whoosh outside and then the glass shattered everywhere."
TVs have been lost, the shop is full of soot, and the shop is now
boarded up and closed for the moment, but my servicing and repairs
still waiting for a figure for the cost of the damage, but I think
it will be around £15,000-£20,000. It is insured."
spent the day cleaning up shards of glass but am so relieved that
no-one was hurt."
our shutters had been down we would have had far less damage, but
we were fully open at the time and the shutters were up so the shopfront
was exposed. Its a big nuisance, but I will survive."
spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea
and Bridgwater were mobilised to reports of a vehicle fire in Church
Street just after 10am."
arrival, crews confirmed this was a fire involving a motorcycle
that had slightly spread to a nearby shop front."
used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and used a thermal imaging
camera to check for further fire spread."
fire caused 100% damage to the motorcycle and 20% fire damage to
the shop front. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental."
diverted traffic along alternative routes while the A38 closure
was in place. Bus services were diverted too.
road did not fully re-open until later in the afternoon, once the
emergency and recovery vehicles had cleared the roadway and left