Easton fire: Company up and running after massive fire

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A company in Easton says it has resumed operations following Monday’s massive fire.

Norbert Dentressangle says it is working again from the site and only a small amount of stock was damaged in the fire. Three of the four cold storage areas which were devastated by the blaze were empty at the time.

The fire at Norbert Dentressangle in Easton. 347D

The fire at Norbert Dentressangle in Easton. 347D

Company Managing Director Phil Shaw said: “I can confirm that a fire started at our transport and storage facility at Easton, near Grantham, at approximately 2.45pm on Monday, July 15, 2013.

“The fire has been extinguished and the emergency services have now left the scene.

“Over 100 Norbert Dentressangle colleagues work at the site and I am pleased to report that everyone was safely evacuated in line with our established emergency response procedures.

“A small amount of stock has been damaged but the main customer operations were successfully migrated to other sites, which is a testimony to the professionalism of our people to ensure continuity of service.

“I would also like to thank our customers for their support and understanding in these exceptional circumstances, and the fire services for their hard work in containing the fire. We have already recommenced operations from the site and normal service has been
resumed.

“We are assessing the extent of the damage and will be liaising with fire investigators to determine the cause of the fire. Until the investigations into the circumstances of the incident are complete, we are unable to provide any further information at this stage.”

Hundreds of workers from the Norbert Dentressangle and PAS frozen foods plants were evacuated when the fire struck.Everybody was accounted for and nobody was hurt in the blaze at the Burton Road site.

Norbert Dentressangle is a large transport, distribution and freight company which in 2007 doubled its size with the acquisition of Christian Salvesen, which included the site at Easton. The company invested about £8million in the site. In March 2011 it bought the British company TDG.

The company operates from 500 sites in 20 countries and employs 33,000 people.