Kitchen business boss vows: Blaze won’t leave us in ruins

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THE boss of a Leeds kitchen supplier left devastated by fire has vowed to rebuild the business.

Leeds Kitchen Warehouse, on Millshaw Industrial Estate off the ring road near Cottingley, was completely gutted by a huge blaze in the early hours of yesterday.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the incident.

Craig Anderson, who runs the business, said “every mortal thing” in the building had been destroyed.

But he vowed existing customer orders would be fulfilled.

“It won’t affect them,” he said. “Virtually everything that was in here was classed as my stock. We buy in all the units for our customers, so nothing that was on-site was due to go to customers.

“It will certainly put me out a couple of weeks but everyone who has an order with me will get it.”

The fire started shortly after 5am.

Crews from Hunslet, Leeds, Morley and Garforth fire stations used jets and an aerial appliance to battle the blaze, which engulfed most of the building.

Elland Road, between the ring road and Cottingley Drive, was closed while the incident was dealt with.

Paul Blackburn, who lives opposite the warehouse, said he was awoken by the noise from the fire.

“The crackling woke us up,” he said. “It was well alight and you could see flames coming through the roof.”

The firefighters managed to stop the blaze spreading to the adjacent buildings

They remained on site for several hours after the flames were out damping down.

Mr Anderson said he wanted to keep the business at the industrial estate.

“We pay our insurance premiums and it’s a case of not if but when we are back up and running,” he said. “The sooner the better for me.”

“It takes a while to get established and I have no desire to move anywhere else. The building has sustained a significant amount of damage but I’m sure that it can be repaired.

“We’re just trying to get stuck in and do what we can, but it’s not going to be easy.”

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