Suffolk

Fire breaks out at Stowmarket malt factory

Muntons factory in Stowmarket
Image caption Emergency services were called to Cedars Maltings, just off the A14 in Stowmarket

More than 40 firefighters have tackled a fire at a silo at a malt factory.

Crews were called to Muntons head office, at Cedars Malting, Stowmarket, Suffolk, at about 06:25 GMT.

The fire was at the top of a 28m (92ft) steel drying container, the fire service said. There were no injuries and staff are being allowed on site.

The plant manufactures malt, including the honeycomb centres of Maltesers. Factory officials said production was not affected.

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Image caption The factory makes the honeycomb centres in Maltesers

Eleven crews from Ipswich, Debenham, Hadleigh, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell and Ixworth attended.

Dr Nigel Davies, manufacturing and sustainability director, said the blaze was now under control and a new silo which has 130 tonnes of grain inside, was "smouldering".

He said the water-dousing system was not triggered, so the fire was not "that bad".

"It has not caused too much damage," he said.

He added it was "business as usual" but the company needed "to know what caused it".

In November the company announced a £4.5m investment at the Suffolk plant, that would see a new 27m (89ft) high building being constructed.

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