Thousands raised for business that 'burnt to ground' as probe continues

Firefighters at the scene in Urban Road Business Park, Kirkby-in-Ashfield
-Credit: (Image: Ashfield Fire Station)

Thousands of pounds have been raised for the owners of a business which was "burnt to the ground" during an industrial fire in Nottinghamshire. Six fire crews rushed to the scene of the blaze in Urban Road Business Park, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, at around 10pm on Friday, June 28.

Both CabournsCarpentry and LockDown Tackle and Bait were reduced to rubble by the time the fire was extinguished overnight. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said investigations into the cause of the blaze remain ongoing.

Jack and Sarah Cabourn, who own CabournsCarpentry, started a fundraiser after the devastating incident, which met its £5,000 target within days. "Last night was possibly the worst night of our lives," a statement on the GoFundMe appeal reads.

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"We had to stand on the street and watch our business burn to the ground. Our whole livelihood, our life. The sole thing that provides for our family and it’s all gone. Just like that.

"We know the current climate is tough, and everyone is struggling financially at the minute, but right now we need as much help as we can get."

Ashfield Fire Station, which was one of five stations that deployed firefighters to the scene, took to social media to shut down false rumours that had been spreading. This included "inaccurate" comments about hydrants being covered in tarmac and that the fire had started in LockDown Tackle and Bait.

It added: "We’d like to extend our thoughts to those affected by this incident through loss and damage. People should be reassured that our crews remain ready, willing and able, to respond to incidents around the county.

"They are all trained at a high standard, that enables us to keep Nottinghamshire safe. Following this incident, we will be having an increased presence in the local area for further community reassurance."