THE CLC BOOKSHOP IN STOCKPORT has been damaged and is closed until further notice following a fire that broke out in an adjacent building in Stockport town centre early this morning. A BBC News report (shown right) states that the blaze broke out at approximately 2.20am, with more than 50 firefighters called out.
At the time of the BBC report (9.52am) much of the town centre remained cordoned off, with Lower Hillgate closed.
John Watkins, bookshop manager, was called out at 4.15am but at present it is impossible to assess the extent of the damage due to restricted access; it is believed that most of the damage is water damage, as per the following facebook update posted by CLC Chatham this morning:
Prayer Request for CLC Bookshop in Stockport
There was a fire during the night at the premises (a ‘new build’ of flats) adjacent to our Stockport shop – John Watkins (manager) was called out by the alarm company at 4:15 this morning. The very intense fire (apparently it was melting the scaffolding around the building) spread into the roof of the building above our shop and approx half of the roof has been damaged. As far as our shop is concerned it is water that has caused most damage although at the moment access to the building is not possible to assess the situation.
Please pray for John and the Stockport team – the shop will obviously be out of action for some time and there will be a tremendous amount of work to be done sorting out everything that is damaged and listing it for insurance purposes, etc. etc.!