Givealittle bid to rebuild uninsured, fire-ravaged barbershop

Bristol Barbers on Wainoni Rd was set alight on Sunday. Photo: Bristol Barbers/Givealittle
Bristol Barbers on Wainoni Rd was set alight on Sunday. Photo: Bristol Barbers/Givealittle
The uninsured owners of a Christchurch barbershop completely destroyed in a suspicious fire on Sunday night have started a Givealittle page in a bid to rebuild the business.

Emergency services were called to Bristol Barbers on Wainoni Rd about 10pm after a vehicle was driven into the shop and the building was set alight.

It was the second attack on the shop, which is understood to have links with a motorcycle gang. The first attempt to set fire to it took place on February 14.

Said Bristol Barbers on its Givealittle page: “Unfortunately we didn’t have insurance as the building was deemed a fire risk and would not give us insurance.

Police stand guard on Monday morning after the fire at Bristol Barbers on Wainoni Rd. Photo: Ian...
Police stand guard on Monday morning after the fire at Bristol Barbers on Wainoni Rd. Photo: Ian Knott
“We had decided we would not reopen as we have nothing left to put in... but our community has been incredibly supportive.

"We can’t leave, we will stand strong, and we will rebuild.

“We turned the old local fish shop into an amazing barbershop for the east side community, we built everything from scratch, we gave everything we had to our shop.

“On the 14th February, 2020, someone decided to smash our window and tried to set the shop on fire, however they didn’t succeed, we managed to open the next day.  10 days later on the 24th February, 2020, they came back and finished the job.

“They drove a car into our shop and set it on fire. Everything is gone nothing was able to be saved. We will use the money donated to replace the barbers tools, reopen and set our shop up.”

As of Wednesday, $215 had been donated to Bristol Barbers though its Givealittle page

Bristol Barbers after the first attack on February 14. Photo: Ian Knott
Bristol Barbers after the first attack on February 14. Photo: Ian Knott

 

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