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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Maryport florist shop owners vow to fulfil orders despite fire

The owners of a Maryport florist shop gutted by fire have vowed to fulfil every order on their books.

Little Petals photo
Little Petals

Lyn Wood has owned the fruit and florist shop, The Fruit Bowl, for 27 years but was in the process of handing it over to her niece, Ashleigh Agnew, when the fire broke out yesterday morning.

It is thought the fire, which started at around 5am in the Senhouse Street premises, may have been caused by a faulty electricity meter.

Two crews from Maryport and two from Workington attended. Eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used three hose reels to extinguish the fire.

Ashleigh, 19, had spent the past fortnight refurbishing the shop and changed its name to Little Petals.

The women said they would be working to fulfil orders including one for a funeral today and some memorial bouquets.

“We are determined every order we have had will be fulfilled in time, no matter what it takes,” Mrs Wood said.

Maryport town councillor Gill Elliot, who owns an empty shop in Senhouse Street, was first to visit the Little Petals owners yesterday and has offered the use of her shop.

“We are so grateful to her and we hope to be opening up, at least partially,” Mrs Wood said.

Mrs Wood said the fire had shocked her and Ashleigh but both were determined to carry on.

Mrs Wood said she had been touched by the support both she and Ashleigh had received from the public and other retailers.

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