Firefighters tackle blaze at Gorleston chip shop

Joe's Chippy in Magdalen Way, Gorleston after a fire. Picture: David Hannant

Joe's Chippy in Magdalen Way, Gorleston after a fire. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

Investigations are under way into the cause of a fire that tore through a Gorleston fish and chip shop this morning.

Firefighters from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Lowestoft tackled the blaze, which broke out at around 11am this morning in Joe's Chippy on Magdalen Way.

Four appliances rushed to the scene, with around 25 firefighters working to extinguish the fire.

Jim Palmer, station manager for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston said: 'When we arrived there was a substantial amount of smoke, in what was a significant fire.

'There has been a significant amount of both smoke and fire damage to the shop itself, but fortunately we worked quickly and hard to contain this so the fire did not spread to the surrounded flats and shops.'

While the fire may not have spread, there were still implications for neighbouring butcher Keith Solomon, who fears he may have lost around £800 worth of stock.

Mr Solomon, owner of Solly's Family Butchers, said: 'I first noticed a lot of smoke coming from the chimney of the chip shop, which soon spread to my shop too.

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'I'm not sure at the moment what damage has been done to inside but that's my business gone up in smoke for today at least.

'I'm just glad that everybody is safe now. I feel so sorry for the chip shop. I should be able to get back up and running fairly soon, but they won't be able to.

'It's such a shame for the street, as the chip shop does draw people in.'

Car valet James Webb, 25, who lives in one of the flats behind the shop, was one of the first to report the fire.

He was with partner Kayley and her 17-month-old daughter when he saw the smoke coming from the chip shop's chimney.

He said: 'It was a massive shock. I froze for a moment but then called 999 and they can really quickly.

'We weren't far away so we were both really worried - particularly with such a young child in the flat.'

The cause of the fire is currently not clear, with investigation officers now working to ascertain how the blaze began.

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