Blaze leaves garage owner in limbo

17 Apr 2013

A Norwich businessman is still attempting to rebuild his business almost 12 months after his garage and workshop were engulfed in a fierce blaze.

A conflagration at Jim Jonas's premises in Gurney Road, Costessey, in May last year caused thousands of pounds of damage and left him without a place to work.

The blaze caused substantial property damage, destroyed a tool collection built-up over a lifetime and spread to a nearby garage, wrecking around £10,000 worth of cars

The fire eventually required six fire crews to bring it under control, the Norwich Evening News reported.

Investigations from fire safety officers ruled that the fire was accidental, but Mr Jonas has not yet been fully reimbursed by his insurers.

"It has not been good - no shed, no tools, no garage," Mr Jonas told the Norwich Evening News.

"It is just a nightmare. It is looking more positive now that I can make a start on building but it will look more positive when I get paid properly by the insurers."

Non-domestic premises in England and Wales must have a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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