Fire forces bakery to close

Clapham's bakery
Clapham's bakery

A LEIGH bakery has been forced to close temporarily after the outbreak of a fire there on Boxing Day.

An under-floor electrical fault has been blamed for the blaze at Clapham’s on Chapel Street which was discovered at around 3pm on December 26.

With fire crews run ragged tackling flood-related incidents, it was the Wigan crew which attended. And initially it was feared residents might be trapped in the flats above although it soon turned out that everyone was accounted for. Watch manager Tony Callaghan said the fire had set light to floorboards and the ground floor was damaged.

Staff only managed to get back into the premises on Sunday to retrieve order books, contact customers to say they are unable to fulfil current orders and it would take up to a week to make refund arrangements.

On Facebook customer Michael Caine wrote: “Re-opening will take rather longer, I believe, after the fire. A very sad and unfortunate situation for the firm and its staff, obviously, but at least no one was injured as far as I can tell. Customers will be disappointed, but there are worse things that could have happened. I trust they’ll re-open in the New Year, so good luck to them!”