Pat’s Centra in Bettystown destroyed by devastating blaze

A GoFundMe page has been launched to support the popular local business, which onlookers described as the "heart of the community"

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Residents in the seaside town of Bettystown woke up to the terrible news on Bank Holiday Monday that local store Pat’s Centra had suffered a devastating fire overnight which gutted the entire building.

The blaze was discovered around 10.15pm on Sunday night, shortly after staff had locked up for the day, the Drogheda Independent reports. 

Several units of Drogheda fire service battled to contain the fire at the store which locals described as the “heart of the community”

The Drogheda Independent reports onlookers watched in horror as flames took down the roof of the store within hours, spreading to the roof of the neighbouring business Macari’s.

Owned by the local Boshell family, the shop was founded by former local councillor Pat Boshell, and is run by his son Patrick.

It is a significant employer in the town, with approximately 30 full and part time staff working there, as well as housing the local Post Office.

Naturally, the family are devastated but are already hoping they can rebuild the shop soon.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Boshells, John Flanagan our Postmaster, the Macari’s and everyone involved with these businesses,” said local councillor Sharon Tolan. “They and their staff are the very heart of our community, and we will do all we can to help and support them during this devastating time.”

Meath based TD Thomas Byrne likewise paid tribute to the family business.

“Solidarity with the Boshell family and staff in Bettystown after the fire at Pat’s Centra and Post Office and thanks to all first responders,” he said. “Solidarity also to the Macari family whose premises next door also appears damaged from photographs,” added Deputy Byrne.

“This premises is such an institution in Bettystown”.

A GoFundMe page has been launched to support the popular local business.

 

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