The smell of acrid smoke lingered in the city air as we
went to film the cleanup after the Hereford fire on Saturday
the fire, Hereford City Council and Herefordshire Council
have thanked the emergency services for their response to
the major fire which took hold in High Town during the early
hours of Thursday morning. The fire, which was believed
to have been caused by an electrical fault, gutted the Card
Factory shop and left neighbouring shops severely damaged.
have been at the scene demolishing the frontage of the Card
Factory shop, which had become unsafe, and scaffolding is
currently being put up around neighbouring stores to prop
up their shop fronts.
due to the size of the cordon - which will reduce in size
as workmen clear the site - today's (Wednesday's) open retail
market due to be held in High Town has had to be cancelled.
The council is working to reopen the Saturday retail market
this weekend, but is also looking for an alternative site
should the scaffolding and cordon remain too large to allow
the traders to set up their stalls.
Councillor Anna Toon, Mayor of Hereford City, has thanked
the emergency services for their 'speedy and effective response
which saved the city for which we are all very grateful.
'We owe them a great deal. The
fire was fierce and was spreading quickly due to the timber-framed
construction of the buildings - much was saved due to their
June French, deputy leader of Herefordshire Council said:
'Thanks to their sterling work, the fire was confined to
just a handful of buildings - it could have been a lot worse
and for that we owe them a great deal. We are also are grateful
for the way that the police, ambulance service, Amey and
our own officers responded during the incident and since.'
good news is that the historic Booth Hall was not damaged
as much as had been feared. Damage was confined to a small
area of the ceiling along with a small amount of water damage.
While Hereford's famous black and white house was not damaged
by the fire, it remains closed due to its proximity to the
damaged buildings while their frontages are being made secure.
scenes from the cleanup can be seen in this week's
in Moving Pictures'.