Investigations continue into major blaze which wrecked Shipdham family’s home and business

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Also pictured are their ch

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Also pictured are their children Bono (14) and Brian (4). Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire which destroyed a family's home and business.

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Picture: Ian Burt

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Teams from Norfolk Fire Service and Norfolk Police have visited the former car restoration site on Watton Road, in Shipdham.

But the Morse family, who lost everything in the blaze, is still waiting to find out what happened.

Faye Morse said: 'We have been told that it could be months – even up to a year – until they know.'

Mrs Morse and her husband Alex were woken by their 14-year-old son, Bono in the early hours of Wednesday, August 10.

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Picture: Ian Burt

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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Bono has autism and was alarmed by a power cut that had turned off his light. When Mrs Morse looked out of the window she was met by a blaze consuming the workshops attached to their wooden bungalow.

Mr and Mrs Morse were forced to run through flames, hand in hand with three of their children, to escape. But as the fire spread, it engulfed around £3m worth of classic cars, their home, business and all their belongings.

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Mrs Morse said: 'There was nothing we could do. We just had to watch our home and our business burn.'

More than 50 firefighters began battling the blaze at around 4.30am and were at the scene for more than 12 hours. They also moved 10 pet dogs to a safe place. No one was injured and all the pets were saved.

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Picture: Ian Burt

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The wooden bungalow the family was living in was a temporary home while they built a house on the site. As the bungalow was wooden, it was not insured and the business insurance will only reimburse customers' losses.

The shell of the family's new home has been built, but is not yet fit to be occupied, so the family has asked people to donate their skills to help them complete it.

The family is staying in a B&B with two of their children and the other three – two of whom were with grandparents during the fire – are staying with family members.

Mrs Morse said: 'I just want everyone together again so we can get through this.'

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Picture: Ian Burt

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Mr Morse, 45, said: 'We will try to rebuild the business but the thing is – with what? Look at it, it's all gone. It's horrendous.'

Mrs Morse added: 'I'm just glad we all got out OK. The children are still having nightmares and panic attacks but we will have to try to get through it.'

Local people or businesses with time or materials available are asked to contact Alex Morse on 07771 990700. The family would also welcome offers of static caravans for the site.

A JustGiving account has been set up. Visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Familydevastedbyfire

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Here Mr Morse is pictured

The family home of Alex and Faye Morse in Shipdham was destroyed by fire. Here Mr Morse is pictured with his 4 year-old son Brian. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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