Ham smoker blamed for Broadland Hams food factory fire

A fire that destroyed a food factory in Norwich was started by a ham smoker, the fire service has found.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said it had now finished investigating the cause of the fire at Broadland Hams on the Sweet Briar Industrial Estate.

It added crews would still be sent to the scene throughout Thursday to check the fire does not flare up again.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in the early hours after the alarm was raised on Wednesday afternoon.

Richard Herrell, group manager from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said there was still an ongoing risk the building would fully collapse, but added the area was contained and of no further risk to the public.

The service confirmed roads around the industrial estate that were closed because of the fire have reopened.

Staff were evacuated from the factory and buildings surrounding it and more than 50 firefighters were called to the blaze.

One person was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

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