Yet more disruption after the fire

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TEN weeks after the devastating fire at Cupola House, in Bury St Edmunds, a business has been forced to briefly shut up shop.

Scarlet, a shoe boutique in The Traverse, closed on Monday following a request by its landlords, who need time to assess a structural problem towards the back of the building.

Kate Palliser, owner of Scarlet, said: “It’s very sad and I’m really a little bit disappointed it wasn’t sorted out earlier but I think it’s an ongoing problem that’s just manifesting itself now.”

She plans to reopen on Thursday after a ‘revamp’ and is buying fresh stock in preparation for a relaunch.

“This was forced upon us so we’re just trying to make the most of it,” she said.

There will be a chance to hear from one of the first firefighters at the scene of the fire at a special event next month.

John Wilcock, the incident commander, will give a presentation at The Apex, in Bury, on September 15.

Historian Dr Pat Murrell will also talk on the history of the building, as will architects who worked on its restoration nine years ago.

Alan Jary, chairman of The Bury Society, which has organised the event, said he hoped the owners and engineers would take part in a question and answer session.

Mr Jary has said he was confident that enough original features remained for the building to be restored, although it wouldl take years.

The event is open to the public and will start at 2.30pm.