Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Anguish for Owner as Gift Shop Is Destroyed in Blaze ; Festive Presents Made by Children Are Ruined but Community Rallies Round to Help Victoria

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Anguish for Owner as Gift Shop Is Destroyed in Blaze ; Festive Presents Made by Children Are Ruined but Community Rallies Round to Help Victoria

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SCORES of presents handmade by children have gone up in smoke after fire devastated a family business.

Brooklyn Pottery and Coffee Shop, in Stockport, is now in ruins following the blaze.

Owner Victoria Smith, 33, left her job as a teacher and fulfilled a long-standing ambition by opening the Shaw Heath shop - with help from her parents - earlier this year. An electrical fault is believed to have caused a fire in the basement, badly damaging the building.

It also destroyed a large amount of stock including more than 100 handpainted items customers had made to give loved ones at Christmas.

Victoria, of Reddish, said: "Most of the presents customers have made over the last four days are all gone, hundreds of items people had painted, plates, pictures, things for a baby's first Christmas, it's heartbreaking.

"The fire has destroyed almost everything, the place looks a mess. It was full of vintage items I've collected from places like America. Family photos that can't be replaced have gone and everything in the shop was bespoke - we'd even hand painted every chair. …

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