MARCH 1975 fire had gutted the carpet warehouse of Sharp's Floor Furnishers based in John Street Market, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and putting a halt to the morning trade. Not only had the blaze caused major disruptions for stallholders but the thick black smoke had brought traffic in Rawson Road and Northgate areas to a standstill.

Overall the blaze had taken the fire brigade an hour and a-half to bring under control with dense smoke still pouring from the building due to the large stock of linoleum stored at the warehouse.