THE owners of the Majestic building in Leeds, which was badly damaged by fire last night, say they’re feeling devastated, but grateful for the public support.
The Leeds-based property company Rushbond owns the building and carried out restoration work as part of the programme to bring the building back to life.
The company said it hoped to start repairing the damage, “as soon as practically possible”.
Mark Finch, the company’s director of real estate, said: “We’re absolutely devastated by what’s happened to The Majestic, and from the number of people who are already contacting us, and the messages we have received, it’s clear that the people of Leeds share our sentiment at seeing this happen to such a much-loved landmark building.
“We’re extremely grateful to all the emergency services and Leeds City Council who all worked tirelessly throughout the night and performed a sterling job in bringing the fire under control and managing the situation. We will now work closely with the authorities and will await the outcome of their investigation. We will provide a more detailed update as soon as we have a clearer understanding of what’s happened and have fully assessed the extent of the damage.”