On Wednesday 6th March 2019 a large blaze erupted at Blady Industrial Park, Leicestershire.
Following dozens of calls from employees & local residents, Leicestershire fire and rescue service, alongside Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service arrived to tackle the fire which originated from a bed factory.
Around 40 firefighters attended the blaze, which following an investigation was thought to be accidental. There were reports of firefighters still checking for hot spots two days later, after previously fighting the blaze throughout the night.
Several units within the industrial estate were forced to be evacuated. Fire crews trained jets of water onto the building from aerial ladder platforms. Using water pumped from the nearby Grand Union Canal.
An Eyewitness gave their account of the fire,
“It sounded like containers exploding, like shotguns. I can still see the flames leaping out of the roof, about four or five meters high”
The managing director of M & B Precision Engineering, a neighboring business stated
“It has been a big inconvenience for us and the other businesses but luckily no-one was hurt. That’s the most important thing. I just feel really sorry for the people at the two businesses worst affected and those who may lose their jobs as a result”
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