Hereford & Worcester

Bathgate Flooring factory blaze: Part of building still on fire

Scene of fire
Image caption Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire

Part of a Hereford flooring factory is still on fire more than 24 hours after the blaze began, the fire service said.

Five fire appliances and two water carriers remain at Bathgate Flooring on the Rotherwas Industrial estate.

Investigations are continuing into what caused the fire, which led to 10 homes being evacuated for about 10 hours.

Some of the company's 50 staff had to leave the site after the fire started shortly before 08:00 BST on Wednesday.

Station commander Sean Bailey said: "The fire, involving mostly chipboard, is still burning in one end of the building and crews are continuing to damp down."

'Significant steam'

He said crews were being helped by Hereford-based recycling company Wye Valley Metals which is using specialist vehicles to remove the structure and contents of the building from the site.

Mr Bailey said this process would continue throughout the day and was likely to generate a significant amount of steam.

"This steam could easily be mistaken for smoke, but we are expecting smoke levels in the area to be lower today," he said.

Mr Bailey said fire officers were working with the owner of Bathgate Flooring and their insurers so the business could be back up and running as quickly as possible.

At the height of the fire, crews from 10 fire engines and an aerial ladder platform tackled the fire, with warnings given about smoke affecting neighbouring properties.

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