‘WE'RE STILL GOING ON HOLIDAY'!
KEITH DEFIES FIRE
AMMANFORD butcher Keith Hanham and his family were trying to put the memory of last Wednesday's fire behind them this week as they enjoyed their summer holidays in France.
Mr. Hanham told the Guardian: We had already booked the holiday and when I came home after the fire last week and everyone was sitting there crying, I said “that's it we're still going on holiday.”
When the family returns they hope to find that the business is almost ready to start trading again.
Mr. Hanham said: “I have had a word with the contractor and we're hoping to be open again in three weeks – a month maximum.”
Incredibly the shop escaped damage but an initial estimate for repair work on the rest of the building is over £100,000.
Mr. Hanham was in the shop when a fuse went in one of the fridges, he thought nothing of it until he heard a noise outside.
He went out through the back entrance and saw flames coming from the far end of the flat roof where the refrigerator engines are located.
“We called the fire brigade and I have never seen anything like it they were here in two minutes. They had been down in Carragaman and seen the smoke and were coming to investigate anyway.
“They were outstanding.” said Mr. Hanham. He also thanked everyone for the concern and support they have given him.
“The amount of people who have phoned offering to help has really restored my faith in human nature.
Butchers have offered lorries, trucks, refrigerators. I can't express my thanks enough.”
Although Mr. Hanham lost all his stock in the blaze the shop and building are covered by insurance.
But he spared a thought for Peter O'Rourke who lives in the flat above the shop. “H has been made homeless, I feel sorry for him, the building was insured but not the contents.”
After spotting the fire Mr. Hanham raced upstairs to check whether there was anyone in the flat. “Luckily there wasn't,” he said.
So far the cause of the blaze is unknown. At first it was thought to have started in a refrigerator motor.