Friends and supporters raise £800 to help Charlotte Stonier after suspected arson attack destroyed her hair salon in March
PUBLISHED: 15:11 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 16 January 2018
Friends and supporters raised £800 this week to help hairdresser Charlotte Stonier whose salon was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.
Just days after celebrating her fourth anniversary of opening her Tangled Up salon in High Street, March, it was gutted by fire in the early hours of last Thursday.
But owner Charlotte Stonier, 23, is back in business and a week after the attack will be working from a new base at Amethyst 12 on the market place in March.
“I will only open now on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday depending on volume of clients,” she said.
Dozens of friends and family members rallied to Charlotte’s side after realising she had no contents insurance to cover her losses.
More than £800 has been raised on a GoFundMe page – which has a target of £2,000 – that was set up her older sister Amy Louise.
Amy said: “The salon is completely destroyed and at present unsafe to enter. All of her belongings as well as salon things were in there. “This is her world, her business that she built up for the last four years.
“She has lost everything, including her qualification certificates; make up, hair tools, her business and her confidence.”
In an emotional Facebook post after the fire, Charlotte wrote: “It’s the end of an era. My baby for four years, my beautiful salon, my livelihood, is now gone…. within a matter of hours.”
It took fire crews nearly three hours to put out the salon blaze which was originally thought to be accidental.
Police, however, said they are now treating it as suspicious.
“We were contacted by a member of the public who gave information which suggests the fire may not have been accidental,” said a spokesman.
“A crime has been raised for arson and an investigation is being carried out.”
That view was shared by a neighbour who said she woke at 4.30am last Thursday “to a hell of a lot of noise outside my house and lots of blue flashing lights.
“I clambered out of bed threw my dressing gown on and ran downstairs threw open my front door to see firefighters and police everywhere and a very lovely lady I’ve known since my school days stood there absolutely distraught.
“Her business she’s worked so hard for ruined”; her social media post suggested two people were involved.