A MALICIOUS fire has cost a Buslingthorpe business more than half a million pounds.
Police are treating the fire at The A.L.S. Group’s storage unit as arson after a forensic investigation showed some form of accelerant had been used.
But even though the professional entertainment and catering business is approaching one of its busiest weekends of the year, owner Al Allison has vowed to carry on.
Spokesman for the company Ian Sierwright told the Rasen Mail the fire had come as a “big blow”.
“You never plan for anything like this happening and it has been a big blow to us, but we will be carrying on as normal.
“We will not let this get the better of us and all contracts will go ahead as planned.”
The fire has destroyed half a million pounds worth of catering equipment, as well as the building itself, valued at a further £100,000.
Emergency services were called to the isolated rural location on Friesthorpe Road in the early hours of Saturday morning, September 17, after reports of a building on fire.
When fire crews arrived, the building was well ablaze.
Nobody was injured in the fire.
“The building has been completely gutted,” added Mr Sierwright.
“We have lost so much stuff, but we are now in the process of replacing everything, ready to follow all our contracts through.
“We will not let anyone down and are still taking bookings. It is definitely business as usual.”
Police are now calling on anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.
Contact the investigating officer, Detective Constable George Wynn, on 0300 111 0300 with any information, quoting incident 56 of September 17.