Eyewitnesses spoke of an “intimidating” fire, and being awoken by noises that “sounded like gunfire” in the early hours
A large fire involving ‘several outbuildings’ at the popular Grosvenor Garden Centre blazed through the early hours of the morning, sending a plume of black smoke high above the small villages of Eccleston and Belgrave.
Eyewitnesses spoke of an “intimidating” fire, which took hold in a 25 metre by 25 metre outbuilding, eventually spreading to other outbuildings on the property. Five fire engines and an aerial ladder were drafted in from across the county as efforts to control the blaze began at around 4am.
The fire produced a thick column of dark smoke, and the fire service warned residents to take precautions, saying: “Please keep windows and doors closed if you live nearby and vehicle ventilation systems off while driving through this area.”
Eccleston resident David Flood was woken around 4am by noises that “sounded like gunfire.” Looking out the window of his home, he saw a cloud of smoke billowing from the Grosvenor Garden Centre, half a mile away.
He describes the scene: “It was quite shocking, when you pulled up there it was like: ‘Jeepers’. It was quite intimidating. it wasn’t a little fire.”
“I’m not sure if it was fireworks or gas canisters, there was a lot of popping and banging going on.”
By 7.40am, Cheshire Fire and Recscue Service reported that: “Crews are now dealing with pockets of fire and damping down the building.”
The Grosvenor Garden Centre stands at the gates of the Eton Hall estate in Belgrave, the residence of the Grosvenor Family. The popular, large garden centre is on Wrexham Road, off the A483.
- 09:10, 14 JUN 2022