Bike Station shop counting cost of major fire

A CITY cycling charity is counting the cost after a fire tore through its recycling shop in the early hours of Monday morning destroying the doors and several items of stock.

Monday, 17th October 2016, 4:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 3:44 pm
Stock was destroyed in the fire at Bike Station. Picture: TSPL

Fire crews were called to The Bike Station, located on Causewayside in Newington, at 1.10am to tackle the blaze after residents reported seeing flames leaping from the roof.

A “landmark” 50,000th bike recycled by the charity was among the items destroyed, which also included a number of electric bikes and the shop’s doors, days before the charity was due to celebrate its 15th anniversary at the weekend.

In a post on Facebook Chris Horne, chairman of the charity, said: “Sadly our shop is out of action, and will be for some time. However, our mechanics are working hard and we will have a limited trading operation from our warehouse (at the top of the Causewayside yard) in the next couple of days.”

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“Our big job today is assessing the damage, getting access to the premises - which may be difficult due to suspected asbestos - getting the insurance process started, and getting basic back office functions running again.”

A fire service spokesperson said the cause of the fire was as yet unidentified.