Town back in business after Cupola House blaze

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SHOPS and businesses neighbouring Cupola House have been opening their doors for the first time since the fire on Saturday night.

A stall has been set up in the market in Bury St Edmunds today to inform shoppers which stores are now back in business.

Specsavers and Phones 4 U, who back on to the wreckage of the historic grade I listed building, are two stores that have opened their doors today for the first time since the blaze.

Other businesses neighbouring the building have been open since mid week.

Specsavers Store Director Mark Mitchell says it is great to be open again.

He said: “Our back door, our fire door, is directly opposite the Strada building.

“For the first three days the fire door was hot to the touch.

“We had to wait until the chimney stack of the building was made secure before we could reopen.

“It is great to be back in the building.

“The fire team have been great and have kept us informed of what is happening.”

Sahara, Jessops, Bella Lingerie, Scarlet and Nationwide in the Buttermarket are still currently closed.