Shop left gutted; all jewellery stored on premises said to be intact.
The Bath store of west-country retailer Nicholas Wylde has been hit by a fire, gutting the ground floor shop and damaging a storage room on the second floor.
The store has operated in Bath since 1987. It was hit by a fire in the early hours of Wednesday May 1.
According to local newspaper The Bath Chronicle the store was completely destroyed but all of the jewellery – most of which would have been removed from the store’s windows – as well as customer’s jewellery, was found to be intact.
Nicholas Wylde sells his own fine jewellery designs as well as Trollbeads at the store.
A statement on Nicholas Wylde’s website reads: "We are devastated to announce that we had a serious fire at our Bath shop in the early hours of Wednesday 1st May.
"We are relieved that no one was hurt and we are currently liaising with the emergency services and assessing the cause of the fire and the damaged this has caused. We will endeavour to deal with customer enquiries as soon as we can. If you have an urgent enquiry please contact our Bristol shop."
It is anticipated that the store will have to undergo a major rebuild and full refurbishment before it is once again operational.
Fire fighters were called to scene at about 12.15am on May 1 and fought the blaze for more than an hour. They were supported by firefighters from further afield.