Fire closes children’s charity shop in town

Save the Children shop on Stephenson Place in Chesterfield.
Save the Children shop on Stephenson Place in Chesterfield.

A charity is urgently calling for stock after a blaze tore through its town centre shop.

Stock was smoke damaged after a fire at Save the Children’s Chesterfield branch on Stephenson Place left the entire shop needing cleaning and redecorating.

The blaze broke out at around midday on Monday and fire crews from Staveley and Chesterfield were called to the shop.

Police were also called to help with crowd control as passers-by stopped to watch the blaze unfold.

Diane Eyre, head of retail at Save the Children, said: “A fire alarm in our Chesterfield shop alerted the team to smoke in the building. They followed our health and safety procedure and evacuated the shop.

“We are pleased to confirm that no one was hurt and our volunteer shop team are safe.”

Police initially reported the blaze could have been deliberately started, but it was found to be not suspicious after an investigation.

Julia Hall, regional manager for the East Midlands at Save the Children, called on readers to help the shop get back on its feet. She said: “Unfortunately we have lost a lot of stock due to smoke damage and the entire shop needs to be cleaned and redecorated.

“Therefore we are appealing to the local community for donations and anyone who has any spare time to volunteer to help us get the shop back up and running, which we hope to be able to do in the next week. Anyone who is interested in volunteering or donating stock can call 07825761957.”

On Facebook, Derbyshire Times readers voiced their upset at the fire. Kate Pollard, said: “I can’t believe it. I was first manageress when it started up 29 years ago. I hope it’s soon sorted out.”

Julie Darby added: “Hope the damage can be repaired quickly and the chairty doesn’t suffer or lose too much through it. Hope everyone who was there is OK and much respect to all the emergency crews who were involved.”