An Allied Glass factory in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, caught fire this afternoon before being put out by members of the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Fire crews were called to the Hope Glass Works on Fernley Green Road at 12:13 on Tuesday 10th August and responded from Castleford, Knottingley, Pontefract, Normanton and Featherstone. An aerial appliance was also sent from Wakefield.
Thirty per cent of the roof above the furnace room was affected. Firefighters tackled the blaze using an aerial device, one ground jet and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
The incident was watched by workers from nearby businesses and was reportedly still burning at 14:00 BST. At 14:41 BST the fire service confirmed that it was still training a jet onto the affected area.
Two flint furnaces are in operation at the Knottingley glass plant; one of which produces premium quality flint glass, the other uses a feeder colour system.
Allied Glass also has a plant in Hunslet and is the UK’s fourth largest glass container producer. The business was rebranded as Allied Glass Containers in 2000 and was the focus of a management buyout from Associated British Foods Plc in 2002.
Allied Glass specialises in niche, low volume production runs for high quality liquors and the UK food and beer markets.