A TOTAL of 17 fire engines were called to a metal factory in Alcester over the weekend after a fire that started at 11pm on Friday gutted part of a warehouse.
It took firefighters until 2.30am to put the fire out at Roba Metals Ltd on Kinwarton Farm Road and the clean-up process continued throughout the weekend.
Tim Sandford, Managing Director of Roba, told the Herald: “We don’t know exactly what caused the fire, they are still investigating it, but we believe it may have involved some water getting in contact with magnesium which creates a reaction. That was probably the cause.”
The warehouse was being used to store magnesium in sealed drums, as well as metals and plastic.
The fire climbed through the roof and destroyed the electrics in the building. A fork lift truck was also damaged.
Mr Sandford, whose company have been in Alcester for over 20 years and employs 21 people, said: “It was a very exciting weekend.”
“The fire brigade was here very promptly. They did an excellent job. All things considered, with everybody’s help, it has all gone extremely well.”
Although the Environment Agency and Public Health England have been informed of the fire, a spokesperson for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We weren’t overly concerned about the smoke plumes.”
Mr Sandford also confirmed that the company properly disposed of 30,000 litres of potentially hazardous water the firefighters had drenched the flaming warehouse with.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The site is closely located to the River Arrow and our officers have been monitoring this watercourse over the weekend.
"We tested the water for dissolved oxygen levels and found these to be normal. There were no visible signs of pollution to the watercourse or environmental impacts.”
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