Blaze at Exmouth fish factory under investigation

PUBLISHED: 15:01 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

FIRE investigation experts are looking into the cause of a blaze that broke out at a Littleham fish factory in the early hours of Monday morning.

FIRE investigation experts are looking into the cause of a blaze that broke out at a Littleham fish factory in the early hours of Monday morning.

Three fire crews from Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton were called to East Devon Shellfish Factory, in Pankhurst Close, shortly after 5.30am after a woman walking her dog reported seeing flames.

When the fire crews arrived they found a fire in the rear of the fish processing plant.

A boiler unit, fish processing equipment, a forklift truck and the side of the factory were engulfed in flames.

Incident commander Stefan Clarke said: "The fire was made more awkward to put out because pipes from a diesel tank had ruptured."

Firefighters wore six sets of breathing apparatus and used two main hoses and one hose reel to tackle the blaze.

The fire crews spent three-and-a-half hours extinguishing the flames and used a thermal imaging camera to trace the seat of the fire.

The incident was left in the hands of police CID officers and fire investigation experts at around 9am.


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