Business goes on at fire-hit carpet firm

Neighbour David Armitage nearing the end of the big clean-up after a fire early this morning out back of Waddingtons Carpets, Bradford Road, Bailiff Bridge
Neighbour David Armitage nearing the end of the big clean-up after a fire early this morning out back of Waddingtons Carpets, Bradford Road, Bailiff Bridge

A CARPET firm badly hit by a blaze at its premises aims to open its doors again by the weekend.

Waddington Carpets in Bradford Road, Bailiff Bridge, suffered damage to stock, telephone lines and the plumbing system.

However, retired owner John Waddington says the present team has been working as normal as it possibly can.

“The team is still taking calls and are fitting carpets,” he said. “The phone lines have been replaced so customers can still ring as normal with inquiries or anything the team can help them with.

“The preparation area where the carpets are made ready to be dispatched, has been badly damaged and new fire doors have been ordered and we hope to have them fitted very soon.

“The front of the shop has been protected by the fire doors but it can’t currently let people in until they have been replaced.

“The team hope to be running back to normal from the shop, or as close as they can to normal, by Saturday.”

Fire crews from Brighouse and Odsal attended the blaze on Saturday at 5am.

Firefighters found cardboard tubes used to wrap carpets, alight close to the outside preparation shed and spent two hours at the scene bringing the fire under control.

Flames did not spread into the building but there is smoke damage to carpets inside, as well as flooring.

It is thought thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to the shop which recently underwent a refurbishment that included new floors. Mr Waddington said these had been damaged by the fire.

Volunteers and staff have been working since the incident to clear up the building.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by police and by fire investigators.