We’re praying it’s not the end

A BOSS at a car repair workshop which was destroyed by a suspected arson attack has described the inferno as the company’s “worst nightmare”.

Robins Lane Services’ company secretary Laura Murphy says she and the rest of the staff all feel “robbed” after a ferocious fire destroyed their premises.

Inside the garage at the time were 22 cars and two motorbikes - the majority of which belonged to the company.

Ms Murphy said: “We’re all absolutely devastated. Obviously, we’re counting our blessings that nobody was hurt but the structural engineers have said that the damage is so severe that the building will have to be demolished.

“Everything’s gone. We feel robbed. We’re a close knit team and had all worked really hard to get the company to where it was, but we’re back to square one now.

“We’re hoping the business can carry on - it’s a major setback but we’re trying to stay positive. We’re all just praying it’s not the end of the line.”

Fire crews from across the region were called to the fierce blaze at about 10.40pm on Monday, May 2.

At the height of the incident crews from Parr Stocks, Whiston, Eccleston, Newton-le-Willows, Huyton and the aerial appliance from Liverpool were all called upon to help tackle the flames.

The fire also caused the neighbouring Robins Lane Community Primary School to shut at shut notice last Tuesday (May 3).

A joint investigation into the cause of the blaze has subsequently been launched by fire investigators in conjunction with the police - who were informed by firefighters that the incident was “potentially suspicious”.

Ms Murphy added: “We’d like to thank all our neighbours - who alerted us to the fire in the first place and brought us cups of tea during the night - and the emergency services for doing such a terrific job. We’d also like to thank our customers for being so patient with us at this difficult time.

“It’s so upsetting, especially as we roped in friends and family to pick up paintbrushes and get the place looking exactly as we wanted it. We were really starting to feel part of the community - we were even due to sponsor the Friends of Sutton Park’s summer fete.

“We’re all heartbroken. It’s our worst nightmare.”