Bike recycling charity counts cost of overnight blaze

The Bike Station shop in Edinburgh planned to celebrate its 15th anniversary this weekend.

Damage: The aftermath of Monday morning's fire. <strong>STV </strong>
Damage: The aftermath of Monday morning's fire. STV

A fire has forced the temporary closure of a bike recycling charity shop.

The blaze broke out at the Bike Station on Causewayside, Edinburgh, in the early hours of Monday.

Around 30 firefighters spent four hours battling the fire, which seriously damaged the shop’s doors and several items within the building.

The charity’s “landmark” 50,000th recycled bike was “all but destroyed” in the blaze.

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Plans to mark Bike Station’s 15th anniversary this weekend are likely to be cancelled.

Other renovated stock, including a number of electric bikes, was also damaged.

Chris Horne, chairman of the Bike Station, wrote in an online post: “Sadly our shop is out of action, and will be for some time.

“However, our mechanics are working hard and we will have a limited trading operation from our warehouse (at the top of the Causewayside yard) in the next couple of days.

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“Our big job today is assessing the damage, getting access to the premises – which may be difficult due to suspected asbestos – getting the insurance process started and getting basic back office functions running again.”

Mr Horne said the charity would welcome “all help and donations”.

The Bike Station shop is likely to be closed for weeks while the team assesses the damage.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said six appliances had been called to the site at 1.09am on Monday.

They left the scene at around 5.15am and an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.


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