A BAKER has vowed to rebuild his business after a fire ripped through his premises in Ruthin.
An electrical fault is believed to have sparked the blaze at Chatwin’s bakery on Well Street.
The former Village Bakery was taken over by the family concern in November and owner Edward Chatwin hopes to be back in business in a matter of weeks despite extensive damage.
Mr Chatwin said: “The blaze broke out just before 7am not long before staff arrived for work so thankfully the shop was empty and no one was hurt.
“As far as we know there was an electrical fault in one of the refrigerated counters.
“The fire service was on the scene in minutes and worked with great professionalism and bravery to contain the blaze.
“There was a lot of smoke and the heat was so intense they had to crack the windows to stop them exploding.
“I am deeply appreciative of their efforts and to the passer-by who raised the alarm.”
Town councillor Geraint Woolford spotted the fire as he walked through town to get a bus to attend Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod.
Smoke was billowing through the roof of the building which includes a bakery, carvery and coffee shop.
Firefighters managed to stop the flames from spreading to adjoining businesses and an investigation is now underway to establish the cause.
Mr Chatwin, who raced to the scene from his home in Cheshire, added “There were TV cameras and a lot of people watching what was going on.
“People on the street told me how much they like the shop and want to see it open again.
“Wales has given us a tremendous welcome and although the shop is gutted, we intend to be back in business within a couple of months.”
The father-of-three is a fourth generation of a craft bakery firm founded in Cheshire in 1913.