Aylsham

MP’s pledge after supermarket is razed to the ground

Just Regional
Jun 22, 2020 2 mins read

Holt woke up this morning to a shell where its supermarket used to be after the devastating blaze that destroyed the CT Baker Budgens store last night.

Fire crews on site this morning. The fire has destroyed the supermarket. Photo: Brad Wright.

At the height of the blaze around 90 firefighters and police officers were at the scene, and there were still fire crews damping down at 3.30am.

Concerns have been expressed about what will happen now as Budgens is the town’s only large supermarket and home to the post office. It has also played a vital role in making sure vulnerable people in the town have been looked after during the covid-19 pandemic.

The fire has left nothing byt the steel shell of the Budgens supermarket. Photo: Duncan Baker.

But North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker, whose family owns the store, was quick to reassure that “local stakeholders will get together to start enabling support and ensuring we can help the staff, town, those who were receiving food parcels and trying to relocate Post Office services”.

Last night Mr Baker said on Facebook: “I am horrified to see the scenes of devastation in Holt tonight and understandably am struggling to come to terms with what we are all witnessing.

“Firstly no one is hurt, and everyone is safe. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the emergency services, who ensured there were no injuries and prevented the fire spreading to neighbouring buildings.”

He pledged to help staff – many of whom he has known for many years – and would be working alongside North Norfolk District Council.

“Over the pandemic the staff have been phenomenal supporting the community,” he said. “Your dedication has been amazing, and my heart is with you all. The town and the community is remarkable. Together we will all pull through this. Whatever it takes, working with all the stakeholders.”

The height of the blaze. Photo: Jess Wright

Flames ripped through the building during the fire, which started just after 9pm last night. The plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles – including by some who said they could see it from the sea.

Crews from all over Norfolk attended and hundreds of residents watched on in disbelief as the building was razed to the ground.

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