They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but sadly when it comes to Property Week it does.

Shurgard fire

Not in store: the remains after the Shurgard fire

Source: Helen Crane

Some of you may have read about a fire at a Shurgard self-storage unit in Croydon on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, that was where Property Week had been storing its back issues from the mid-1990s to the present day, which all went up in flames.

The reason we only had records dating back to the mid-1990s? The longer of tooth among you will remember that in 1996, the Provisional IRA detonated a bomb outside our then offices at South Quay in Docklands, which destroyed all our back issues to that point.

Tragically, two people also lost their lives on that occasion. Thankfully, although people lost their possessions in the Shurgard fire and all our back issues went, no one died. But a little bit of Property Week’s print history has been lost forever, making the task of compiling our new ‘This Week in’ section… interesting.

Luckily, we have our digital archives and the British Library to fall back on so we’re going to soldier on without. Let us know what you think.