The town’s B&Q store was left a ‘blackened shell’ after a huge blaze destroyed it during the night in the summer.
Staff would go on to be told that their jobs were safe and plans were in the pipeline to find temporary premises until a new store was built. Photo: Midlands
That new store would be in New Hammond Beck Road, off the A52, where it is still sited today. Photo: Midlands
Firefighters investigating the cause of the fire said it could have been a discarded cigarette, the Standard wrote in its next edition. Photo: Midlands
Looking inside the 'blackened shell' ... Photo: Midlands