A hairdresser has been left counting the cost after fire tore through his salon this week.
Mujahid’s Hairdressers in Small Heath went up in flames on Tuesday (January 4) leaving the ground floor of the Green Lane building ‘completely destroyed.’
Shocked owner Mujahid Ahmed woke to find videos online of the blaze at the business he set up five years ago.
And while thankfully nobody was injured in the fire, tackled at its height by 40 firefighters, Mujahid said he did not know when he would be able to re-open.
The 36-year-old has been running the barbershop for five years after working for another hairdresser. He told BirminghamLive: “It’s been really shocking for me and I don’t know what to do. I woke up in the morning and saw some of the videos people sent to me.
“It’s been completely destroyed from the inside. The bottom floor has been completely damaged but we still don’t know the exact reason for the fire.
“I’m not sure yet when the shop will open because the police are investigating it. But I’m sure it will be open soon.” he added.
Mujahid, who has been a hairdresser for over 10 years, was sleeping while the fire took place and woke to find videos of his shop ablaze. But is optimistic he will recover from the damage.
“It will take some time to open back up after the repairing the damage. Some of my friends and customers have sent me messages of support – but I haven’t been out since the fire.”
He added: “I hope it will get better and we will be able to open the shop back up.”
A West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 12.45am to reports of a fire at at commercial property in Green Lane, Small Heath.
“We sent 40 firefighters to the scene from Hay Mills, Highgate, Ward End, Ladywood and Billesley and Sheldon fire stations. A hydraulic platform was also sent to the scene from Highgate.
“Police and ambulances were also sent to the scene but no-one was rescued. The fire was put out and we left the scene shortly after 5am. We will be returning this morning to carry out checks.
“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”
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