|Dursley News - December 2004|
The evening of December 18th 2004 saw one of the largest fires in Dursley since the conflagration at the Lister Factory in 1983. Ironically this time it was also one of the old Lister buildings that was affected, the attractive Victoria Works on Long Street, once used as the company training centre but latterly used by Bymacks until the company pulled out in 2003.
The alarm was first raised around 6pm on December 18th and by 7pm was well ablaze with flames reaching twice the height of the building and visible throughout the town. At one point thirteen crews were on hand, coming from Dursley, Wotton-under-Edge, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucester, Tetbury, Chipping Camden. Long Street was closed as the firefighting continued throughout the night and most of the following day until it was finally extinguished later in the afternoon. Approximately 75% of the building was destroyed although the facade remains substantially complete.
The Victoria Works building was due to be a prestige part of the new
building development due to begin on the old Bymacks site when the remaining
buildings are finally demolished. It remains to be seen whether that will
still be the case.