Huge bakery blaze completely destroys building as major salvage operation gets underway


A salvage operation is underway after a major blaze at a bakery.

Firefighters are working with the building owners to recover equipment at the site in Aston, near Nantwich.

Photos from inside the building show the true scale of the damage.

The cause of the blaze is believed to be an electrical fault in an air conditioning unit in the roof.

Ten fire engines from across the county were sent to the scene on the  A530  Whitchurch Road, shortly after 12.30am where they discovered a large fire in the ceiling voids.

The scene of the bakery fire in Aston, near Nantwich, this afternoon

Bakkavor Bakery Group, which employs several hundred, confirmed all staff were accounted for and there were no reports of any injuries.

The flames were finally extinguished at around 5am.

Relief crews from Penketh, Tarporley, Congleton and Knutsford arrived at the site at 7am, and all of the initial firefighters were released from the incident.

A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “They are currently using hand tools to cut away and remove tall of the damaged ceiling panels.

A fire started at the Bakkavor Bakery Group shortly after midnight

“Crews are also using thermal imaging cameras to monitor for any hotspots, they also have a number of hose reel jets on standby to damp down where required.

“Firefighters are also working with the building’s owners to undertake a salvage operation and recover equipment where possible.

“The cause of the fire is believed to an electrical fault in an air conditioning unit which was located in the roof of the building.”





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