A bespoke kitchen company has returned to production just days after a devastating blaze swept through its workshop at a former RAF hanger.
Owners of Norfolk Oak and Naked Kitchens, Jamie and Jayne Everett, are now facing a £250,000 to £300,000 bill to clean their workshop in West Raynham.
Crews from four stations were called to the site during the early hours of Friday morning last week after smoke was spotted billowing from one of the internal workshops set up in the hanger.
The workshop has been destroyed and the company had also lost two weeks’ worth of orders and materials.
But Mr Everett says the firm is getting back on its feet thanks to the hard work put in by the 24 employees and the fire service.
He said: “It if wasn’t for the fire brigade’s actions, we would have been in a very different place altogether but by saving the structure of the building, we are able to get on. We were very lucky. I cannot praise them enough.
“I have an fantastic team of guys who have worked incredibly hard, which is why we are to go back to work.
“The only thing which upsets me is that the hanger survived the Luftwaffe’s efforts over four years and we nearly let that happen in six months of owning the building.”
The fire was discovered after Mr Everett received a call from the alarm monitoring company at 4.40am.
He spotted smoke coming from one of the workshops after checking the internal CCTV cameras and called the fire brigade.
Mr Everett said the scene was a lot different when he arrived.
He said: “On the CCTV it looked like just a bit of smoke coming from one of the internal buildings but when I got there it looked like the whole hanger was on fire. Smoke was all over the airfield. It really did look as if the whole hanger had gone up.”
The cause of the blaze is not known but Mr Everett estimates to have lost £100,000 worth of equipment and materials.
Soot is now covering the roof of the building, which is expected to take weeks for a large team of workers to clean.
The company, which produces bespoke kitchens, conservatories, furniture, doors and gates, is hoping to be able to work around the clean-up.
Mr Everett says his team is making up for the lost ground and has thanked wellwishers for their support.
He said: “In this day and age you have to keep going so we are working incredibly hard.”
The firm used to be based in Anmer Hall, which is now the country residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.