Fire at Fetcham
Adding to Rentokil’s challenges, a major fire – said to be the worst in the area since the war – caused severe damage to the factory at Fetcham in April 1964.
Despite having worked at Felcourt since shortly after the takeover, Norman Hickin still lived nearby. On seeing the conflagration from his garden, he dashed to the scene. It took 11 fire engines to get the blaze under control. Afterwards, on inspecting the devastation, a sombre Hickin recalled the ingenious work that went into transforming the building back in 1947:
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