The owners of a furniture shop in Stockton that was destroyed by fire and is now being demolished, say they will re-build to store. Isaac Godwin and his son Michael have run Godwin's on Stockton's Norton Road since 1972.
The three story building was devastated by the fire which broke out on Tuesday night. The father and son say after the site is demolished, they will re-build the shop and continue the business. They are also reassuring customers that any orders which were placed will be honoured.
A furniture shop which has traded on Teesside for 40 years must now be pulled down after it was destroyed by fire last night.
Godwins in Stockton town centre caught fire at teatime yesterday.
It took over 40 firefighters six hours to tackle the blaze.
The decision to demolish the historic shop has lead to fears from nearby traders that their businesses could suffer while the demolition is carried out, because it means a main route in the town must remain closed.
Watch the full report from our correspondent Rachel Bullock below.
Fire Officers are telling residents in the Victoria estate of Stockton, and at the bottom end of Norton Road near to Godwins Furniture, that they are within a 200 metre zone that is being advised to stay indoors and close windows and doors.