The pool store of Grayfox Swimming Pools, of Stow, Lincolnshire, has been completely destroyed in a fire that caused damage estimated at £250,000.
It took the crew of eight fire engines more than four hours to bring the fire under control as flames threatened to spread to the nearby family home.
Grayfox is a member of the National Leisure group of pool building companies and has been building pools since the 1970s. The fire is believed to have spread from a bonfire to a woodstore and on to the pool store itself.
A forklift truck and three company vans, stored in the 20 year old steel-framed building, were completely destroyed along with palette loads of stock including chemicals, pumps, filters and supplies. At one point, fire officers cleared the site when a half-full gas canister exploded.
“One consolation was that we had not moved the office as intended to next to the pool store – otherwise the impact on the business would have been even more devastating,” Nigel says. “We are picking up the pieces and carrying on as best we can. It is a lot of hassle but no-one was hurt and we will learn lessons to fit alarms and other fire prevention measures in future.”
Grayfox Swimming Pools
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