[Updated: 14/02/19] Operations have resumed at a site belonging to Fairport Containers in Lancashire, after a fire broke out in premises adjoining its site early this week (3 February).
Fairport Containers is a provider of refurbishment, remodelling, resale and hire solutions for steel waste containers – and operates a container refurbishment facility at the Chorley site.
Firefighters were called to the warehouse building off Marker Street, Adlington on Sunday evening where they found a “well developed fire” in an adjoining part used by a neighbouring business to store furniture, which was described as a 50m x 75m storage building.
12 fire appliances with two aerial ladder platforms and a stinger unit were deployed to tackle the fire. Fire crews from both Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident.
The company thanked the Fire Services for their efforts in tackling the fire in a post on social media – and said that the site has resumed operations.
In a statement issued on 14 February the company said: “Whilst some collateral damage has impacted the facility and there was a temporary loss of electricity, there is no longstanding damage and operations were back to full production by Wednesday afternoon of the same week.”
“The cause of the fire is not known, however a full, joint investigation will begin as soon as it is safe enough to conduct investigations thoroughly,” the Fire Service said in a statement this week.
Following the fire, Chorley council said it has been working with the site owners to organise the clean-up.
In a statement, the council said: “The clean-up operation is continuing to make good progress.
“The site involved in this fire had an asbestos-cement cladding,” the council said. “While there is no direct evidence of long-term health risks from fires involving asbestos containing materials it is sensible that any asbestos containing debris is removed to minimise any potential exposure.”
Air monitoring has been undertaken and no airborne asbestos has been identified. Air monitoring will continue during the clean-up process to ensure the clean-up is being done efficiently.
Updated 14/2/19 to include statement from Fairport Containers