A fundraiser was launched after a bookstore was destroyed in a fire in an industrial area.
Eight fire engines battled the blaze at its peak, which swept through a warehouse on the Spencer Industrial Estate in Buckley, Flintshire, on Tuesday.
Berwyn Books and Cheshire Books Center have told customers the fire has had devastating consequences for them, with the building now “condemned”.
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“The fire has spread to the entire premises. We don’t really know what to say except that it’s all gone,” they said in a statement.
Following the fire, they issued a new statement, notifying customers of the situation, while also stating a GoFundMe page was set up by a client to raise funds for him.
They said: “The building was condemned last night. The structural condition is currently extremely unsafe, which means no one has access to it.
“The excavation started at 8am this morning, and the fire and rescue team remain on site to monitor potential hot spots and ensure everyone remains safe during the excavation.
“That’s all we have as a general update for now. We know it’s slow, but every precaution should be taken to keep firefighters and everyone else in the area safe.
“Let us now turn to the subject of our future. The truth is that we still don’t know what will happen, but we are and will remain optimistic.
“A big thank you to Lauren, one of our wonderful customers, who started a GoFundMe page. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to help us.”
He added that they always gratefully accept book donations.
“If you have any books you can donate, we ask that you message us so we can arrange for them to be collected,” the statement read.
“At the moment we obviously don’t have anywhere to store the books, so bear with us as we try to make room in our homes for donations.
“If there is anything else you can do to help, we ask that you reach out to us. No matter how big or small, we would just appreciate it at this time.
“We cannot express enough how much all of your kind words mean to us. We have been overwhelmed with messages of love and condolences.
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“Your posts made us realize how important this place is to so many people, and knowing the impact we’ve had on so many lives has given us some light in such a dark time.”
Earlier today, an aerial ladder rig and a team from Wrexham remained at the scene, monitoring the area with hourly temperature checks. Demolition crews were also on site.
A spokeswoman for the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS) said: ‘Once the site is deemed safe, an investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire.
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