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Spalding area family thank firefighters for saving home and business

The owner of a family firm has thanked firefighters for valiantly saving his “lifeline” home and business.

Asgar Dungarwalla has praised firefighters’ bravery in preventing the flames from a neighbouring property spreading to his workshop and home in West Pinchbeck.

Crews from Spalding, Donington and Bourne were called to a fire at an outbuilding in Six House Bank just before 6pm on Wednesday last week.

Fire in Six House Bank, West Pinchbeck (33254929)
Fire in Six House Bank, West Pinchbeck (33254929)

Fortunately, the only damage to Mr Dungawalla’s GiftsOnline4U.com workshop appears to be a melted air conditioning unit thanks to firefighters.

He said: “The fire service has made sure that I can, for now, continue running my business where we’re still assessing damage and the impact - but they saved us.

“They did this in the most incredible way too - maintaining social distancing, observing the Government guidelines and protecting us and their teams.

Asgar Dungarwalla of GiftsOnline4U with his door opening tool. (32499579)
Asgar Dungarwalla of GiftsOnline4U with his door opening tool. (32499579)

“I am in awe of them and inspired by their bravery. Words will not be able to express my gratitude - especially in a time where life is so uncertain - they’ve given me some certainty and for that I am truly thankful.”

The family were busy at home on Wednesday afternoon when the alarm was raised.

One of Mr Dungarwalla’s daughters Hanifa said:”My sister ran down to get us out of the house as she had seen the fire.

Fire in Six House Bank, West Pinchbeck (33254935)
Fire in Six House Bank, West Pinchbeck (33254935)


“We came outside and the whole of the neighbouring building was up in flames. It happened really quickly.

“The incident commander told me that if they had been two or three minutes later, it could have taken hold of our property.”

The fire damaged an 152sqm outbuilding and its contents which included a workshop and a converted mezzanine deck.

Crews put out the fire using two main jets and three hose reel jets.

Prior to the Bank Holiday weekend, the fire service told the Lincolnshire Free Press that the cause of the blaze was still under investigation.

Mr Dungawalla said: “The fire service responded incredibly quickly and I am truly grateful to them, they saved my business and my family home.

“The coronavirus has affected so many businesses and while my initial thoughts were for my family and the family of the house behind us, I worried that we may not be able to continue trading and I would have to let my staff go.

“My online business GiftsOnline4U.com is the current lifeline for my family and the staff that we employ.

“As an online retailer, I’ve been lucky because I’ve been able to keep my business going and, through a shift system, I’ve been able to manage to keep some of my employees working too during these uncertain times.”

Recently Mr Dungarwalla and his team have devised an innovative tool to open doors without touching the handle to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

They have also released an ebook to help explain thecurrent situation to youngsters.

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