Wedding service escapes serious blaze damage

The Sunbeam Weddings Cars building in Amble on fire.
The Sunbeam Weddings Cars building in Amble on fire.

BRIDES-TO-BE will still get to the church on time, the owner of a wedding car hire company insists, despite a fire ripping through his vintage vehicle storage unit.

The blaze broke out in the upper floor of the Sunbeam Wedding Cars’ facility in Amble on Friday morning.

Fire in Amble, Gibson Street, Friday morning

Fire in Amble, Gibson Street, Friday morning

And while the company’s owner George Carnegie admitted that part of the building has been ‘completely destroyed’, he insists that business will continue as normal.

He said: “We are still here and we are still going.

“We are still available for weddings and we won’t be disappointing anyone who has already booked. We lost very little and that was down to the fire service.”

The company has two 1920s Sunbeam vehicles, which have been in the family for decades.

Both were on the building’s ground floor and were rescued from the blaze.

One of the cars suffered some heat damage, but George, who lives at The Wynd in the town, insists that it is ‘nothing that can’t be repaired’. The vehicles are now being stored elsewhere.

Fire crews from Amble, Alnwick and Pegswood attended the blaze following a call at 4.17am and finished at just after 10am.

George said: “I don’t know who called the fire brigade but one of the neighbours came and knocked on my door at about 4.30am to tell me that the fire brigade were in attendance.

“When I saw smoke coming out of the building, I looked on in horror. My heart fell out. The upstairs of the building is completely destroyed while there is a small degree of fire damage downstairs.”

George doesn’t know how the fire started, but has ruled out arson because it began on the upper floor of the two-storey building and he said the doors were locked when fire crews reached the scene.