Melton’s Storehouse at The Fox premises - which provides food, clothing and other household items to needy people on a referral basis - has had to close temporarily due to a fire.
Firefighters were called to the Leicester Street property at around 11.20am yesterday (Monday) after they were alerted to the smell of burning coming from the basement by Storehouse volunteers.
The cause of the blaze was thought to be an electrical fault.
Storehouse is run by Melton Vineyard Church and supported by Churches Together in Melton. It provides bags of high quality, non perishable food and toiletries to families and individuals on low incomes, on state benefits or those struggling in the current recession.
Storehouse coordinator Francesca Sirel said: “Unfortunately we’ve had to close the facility until further notice but we are operating from our other base at The Source in King Street.
“We’ll still be able to give out food bags to the vulnerable on a referral basis but the other vital services we provide such as giving out clothes, electrical items, hosting lunches and drop-in sessions have been temporarily stopped.
“While we can’t operate to our maximum ability at the moment we can still provide food to those who desperately need it which is a positive.
“It’s going to be an expensive process to get The Fox cleaned up as the fire has coated everything with black soot and there’s still a strong smell. We hope to get things back to normal in a couple of weeks.
“We’re also still in need of any food donations that people can spare which are always greatly received.”
Storehouse will remain open at The Source, 54 King Street, Melton, on Mondays and Wednesdays (10am-1pm) and Fridays (1pm-4pm) until further notice.
People can still drop off food items at The Source during its usual opening times.
For more details visit www.meltonvineyard.org.uk or call (01664) 857179.