Fire

Double fire puts Suffolk in a pickle: two blazes, both at major food processing factories, have occurred within metres of each other in the Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds within the space of a week. Following provisional fire investigation they are not believed to be connected or suspicious.(Fire Report)

The first fire hit the Premier Food factory in the early hours of October 27. The factory is the single producer of the well loved household name, Branston pickle.

Approximately 150 firefighters from Suffolk and neighbouring counties tackled the blaze on the industrial estate in Mildenhall Road, Bury St Edmunds.

An initial attendance of one pump was mobilised to a report of pallets on fire in a yard at 0142. The incident commander found a fire involving pallets in a covered area which served to intensify the heat between the two main production units of the premises. He was informed that cylinders had been involved but it was believed they had exploded. He immediately sent a "make pumps four" assistance message and requested the attendance of a turntable ladder.

At 0200 pumps were increased to ten. A further assistance message from incident commander DO Paul Collins increased pumping appliances to 15 and stated that the fire involved two single storey buildings of 100 x 150 metres joined by a canopied yard, with five ground monitors, two jets, one aerial jet and eight breathing apparatus in use. …

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