INVESTIGATIONS are underway into the cause of a fire which gutted a “world renowned” clothing shop in county Limerick this morning.
William J Frazer tailors at Main Street, Hospital was completely destroyed after a fire broke out at the premises at around 9.45 am. Owner Michael Frazer had gone for a walk when the blaze broke out. “We were only gone 10 minutes and the whole thing was gone up,” said Mr Frazer.
The businesses was started by Mr Frazer’s father William and counted European royalty, former mayors of New York and Jackie Onassis among its customers. “They catered for some of the top people in the world,” explained local man Eddie Creighton, a former county councillor. “They did hunting gear, riding coats and breeches, all types of ladies and men’s suits. People would put in orders from all over the world. Whether they will be able to get it back up and running again – it’s so hard to know, hopefully they will,” he added.
The entire workshop has been gutted while adjoining buildings have suffered smoke damage.
Several units of the fire brigade from Kilmallock, Cappamore and Rathkeale were continuing to work at the scene this Wednesday lunch-time in an effort to make the building safe.
Gardai at Bruff have launched an investigation.