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'They're devastated': Locals rally round after major fire

'They're devastated': Locals rally round after major fire

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 5th January 2019.

Locals have been offering support to the owners of a Cornish garage, devastated by fire.

The major blaze caused severe damage to the business on the outskirts of Redruth.

At its height, around 70 firefighters were fighting the flames in the early hours of Friday.

Crews say the fire was so intense, parts of the building on Bucketts Hill collapsed.

No-one was injured but Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out an investigation.

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Neighbours have been offering support to the owners of a garage on the outskirts of Redruth, devastated by a major fire

Dozens of people have been offering support, including Cheryl who said: "They have lost everything and are lovely people".

Sharon posted: "I think times like this we show our support to the people involved".

She later added: "I use this garage and there couldn't be a nicer garage to use. If we can help with the clean up we will be there".

One local posted to Pirate FM's Facebook: "They are hard working, genuine people who are devastated by what has happened".

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Around 70 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the blaze on Bucketts Hill, which could be seen from the bypass

Pirate FM spoke to neighbours as firefighters were damping down, who described seeing the fire from the bypass.

"There was a lot of noise and crackling outside and I wondered what it was. I just went out the front and I saw flames.

"The garage was just ablaze, you know; flames up in the air. There were several fire engines there.

"I thought it was a house on fire at first so I went up their to see if people were alright; the garage was just ablaze".

"That garage has been up there for years. I think it was up there even before I was born and I'm sixty.

"It's not a very well-known garage. You don't automatically think there's a garage there because it's behind the house but it's terrible".

Neighbour Colin Sellwood

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