Cause of fire at Sudbury factory still unknown

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Investigations into a fire at a Sudbury factory are continuing as the cause is still unknown.

A total of nine crews from Suffolk and Essex Fire and Rescue Services tackled the blaze at Rockwood Pigments in Milner Road, Chilton Industrial Estate, which started shortly after 7am on Saturday.

The fire was under control by 9.30am but several crews remained on the scene to dampen down the fire.

Bernie Arron, operations manager at the business, said: “It was reported to the fire service via a 999 call and we have also got internal smoke detectors which sent automated reports, so it was a combination.

“It was a minor incident the fire service was called to, involving a small amount of raw materials that were stored externally to the main building.

“There were no injuries to personnel and the damage was confined to the external cladding of the warehouse.”

The company manufactures and processes liquid, powder and granulated iron oxide as well as a wide range of other pigments used in products including paint, plastics, rubber and industrial uses.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “No cause is known at this time as investigations are still being carried out.”

See Thursday’s Free Press for the full story.