Fire aftermath - Council pledges support to Morrisons in Folkestone

Contributed by on Nov 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM


Folkestone & Hythe District Council has pledged its support to Morrisons after the store on Cheriton Road was badly damaged by fire yesterday.

A ferocious fire which ripped through the building early on Thursday morning is believed to have started in the store’s café. However this is yet to be confirmed by fire investigators.

A member of staff raised the alarm and the store was evacuated immediately. Kent Fire and Rescue responded quickly to the incident and were joined by council staff from Emergency Response, Community Safety and Building Control teams.

The fire was fully extinguished later on Friday morning and thankfully no one was hurt.

Jobs safe

Morrisons has assured the council that no jobs would be placed at risk as a result of the fire and that they would be supporting their employees in the aftermath of the incident.

Bus to Dover store provided

Folkestone & Hythe District Council will now be working with Morrisons to help them get back to business as usual, as quickly as possible. In the meantime, a bus services to the store in Dover will be provided for staff and customers alike.

Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said the council will do all it can to assist the store in reopening as soon as possible.

He said: “I’d like to thank all those council staff who were involved in the swift response to the incident and who worked with emergency services.

“We have spoken with Morrisons who have assured us local residents’ jobs will be unaffected and we will do all we can to help them get the store back up and running as soon as possible.”

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