On June 2, 2020 the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to a fire, at a building adjoining the International Cat Care Headquarters (iCatCare), by a local resident, and arrived in the early hours of the morning.
It has been confirmed that thankfully, nobody was hurt in the fire, as the building was empty, and investigations into what caused the fire and where the fire originated are ongoing. However, it is understood that the fire may have started in 'The Mess', a café located on the ground floor below a section of the office.
There is structural damage to the building and much of the office contents have been either destroyed by fire or smoke and water damage – the full extent of damage or loss has not yet been established.
The staff at iCatCare hope to return to the building in time, however until the full extent of the damage is understood, they cannot predict when this will be. In the meantime, an alternative short-term solution will be found.
A statement from International Cat Care
Today, we’re sad to confirm that a fire took place in a building adjoining our Charity’s headquarters in Tisbury early this morning, Tuesday 2 June. Thankfully the property and our offices were unoccupied and no one was hurt, however both have suffered considerable damage – the full extent of which is still unknown.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and we’re working closely with the fire service and local agencies. While this is a major disruption, we’re fortunate that through our COVID-19 contingency planning we’re able to continue operations remotely and deliver online resources to provide as normal a service as possible.
We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for their swift action in tackling the fire, and to our landlords the Fonthill Estate, as well as our neighbours Messums and The National Trust for their support. We look forward to sharing further news when we know more.