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Platts Eyot Fire

Personally, it was a surreal day yesterday for me. Around 18:00, Patrick came home and seemed a little subdued. I figured, he's tired. Not unusual, after a long day. I was cuddling X-ray watching Toy Story but then asked Patrick, "What's up? You look perturbed?". He says, "I'll tell you later. Want some wine?". Of course, I want some wine.

Over a glass of wine by our window we comment on how crazy windy it is, the weather is shocking. Rain, spooky strong winds, tree branches strewn across the streets. "Wow, can you believe it's May? What a miserable bank holiday", I say. Patrick says, "Yes. Bob called. The island's on fire. The two buildings next to the bakery are potentially destroyed, not sure about the bakery yet, but I'm sure we'll find out at some point. Wanna order some pizza?"

Platts Eyot Fire

Anges de Sucre Bakery is the building on the left. Our neighbour is Bob, the artist. I think the cakes and the paintings are ok. I'll only find out tomorrow. Photo by Robert John Gonella.

Our bakery is on a remote island on the river Thames in Hampton. On a beautiful day, it's possibly the most beautiful spot in all of London, I'd even say the world, to work in. But yesterday, seeing photos of it engulfed in flames made it look like the scariest place.

By a stroke of luck, we weren't there. The fire broke out around 17:15. Due to it being a bank holiday it was quieter than usual. There were more than a 100 fire fighters that were called on to the scene to put the flames out and it took them more than three hours to do so. It wasn't an easy job for them as there is no direct access by vehicle to the bakery site. The fire fighters would've had to carry all their equipment over the bridge on foot! If I thought we had it hard taking our cakes across, I don't even want to imagine what it was like for them under that pressure.

Two of the buildings destroyed were unoccupied warehouses. However, one of them is rented by a boat maker who lost his stuff and the boats he was working on in the fire. Also, the buildings are all of great historical significance and Grade 2 listed. 

Our building was built in the 1800s. I'm incredibly relieved that the London Fire Brigade were able to save it. And luckily, there weren't any serious injuries reported. Towards the end of their rescue mission, around 22:00, our CCTV picked up footage of the fire fighters resting in our bakery. I tried to tell them over the speakers that they could help themselves to all the cake. If anyone deserved free cake, it was them! We even tried to play Billy Joel's "We didn't start the fire" over Spotify remotely but I think our wifi was struggling!

It's going to be some challenging days ahead as I head back into the bakery tomorrow. Our orders shouldn't be massively affected but if anyone's orders are I will be sure to update ASAP.

Thank you for your well wishes. Please don't play with fire.

Lots of love,

Reshmi

PS: we ordered pizza for dinner. I woke up at 03:22 feeling very unwell. Not sure if it was the pizza, or the stress. Possibly both. I'm okay now. As you were.

 

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6 Responses

Heidi Dietrich

Heidi Dietrich

July 14, 2021

Wow. That’s a bad fire. Is there a fundraiser to help the boatmaker? I heard your name on YouTube and it was about choosing beggars and people wanting free cakes. I just wanted to see your cakes. They are beautiful! Do you have a shop in the United States? I love that Wedding Cake. It’s beautiful. My niece was working in England. If I had known about you then, I would have had her bring one back. Are you able to send cakes back to the U.S.? My niece is really smart and gets sent overseas to do work. Sorry. I brag about them. Can you let me know if there is a fundraiser for the boat maker? I’d like to help him.

Abi AWOYODE

Abi AWOYODE

May 07, 2021

So sorry to hear about the fire, and glad everyone is safe.

Sarah Tapp

Sarah Tapp

May 06, 2021

Oh no! What a horrible thing to happen. Glad you are all okay, so sad to loose the buildings and the boat business. Xx

Sangeetha

Sangeetha

May 05, 2021

So glad no one git hurt or injured. Hope the cakes and Bob’s paintings survived!
Quite possibly my fave bit of it all " I tried to tell them over the speakers that they could help themselves to all the cake. If anyone deserved free cake, it was them! We even tried to play Billy Joel’s “We didn’t start the fire” over Spotify remotely "
😂😂😂 oh to see those firefighters eating cake and dancing to billy joel would have been hilarrriousss!!

Ohhh Snap

Ohhh Snap

May 05, 2021

So glad it wasn’t worse for you.

Emilie

Emilie

May 05, 2021

So heartbreaking- thank goodness you weren’t there and many many cheers for the London Fire Bridgade. Hope it’s not too bad when you get there.

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