Fire damages Portishead business

PUBLISHED: 09:03 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

FIRE has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at a Portishead business, leaving the town without an optician for the time being.

FIRE has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at a Portishead business, leaving the town without an optician for the time being.

Firefighters were called to Dyer and Scott at 96 High Street just after 2am on December 30 after passers by saw smoke and raised the alarm.

Four firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, entered the shop and used a high pressure hose reel to put out the flames.

They cleared smoke from the building using a positive pressure ventilation system.

Crews remained at the scene for about two hours while they dampened down to ensure all the flames were properly extinguished.

Watch manager Neil Fletcher said: "Luckily a couple passing by spotted the fire and called us, otherwise it could have been a lot worse.

"We were at the scene for some time cutting away stud work to make sure there were no hot spots."

The fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical fault, has left the shop interior charred and some of the stock damaged.

Dyer and Scott partner Nick Dyer said: "The place is a mess at the moment but we want to assure our clients that we will act very quickly to get the place up and running again as soon as possible."

Mr Dyer, whose father first started the business in Portishead almost 50 years ago, reported that it has been an extremely busy time for the business and resuming normal service will be a priority.

Tudball Ltd, Portishead's only other optician was purchased by the Specsaver group in December and is currently closed for refurbishment.

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