Princes recovers from blaze at factory

By James Ridler contact

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Fire fighters battled the blaze at Princes in Bradford on Tuesday. Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Mtaylor848 under CC 4.0
Fire fighters battled the blaze at Princes in Bradford on Tuesday. Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Mtaylor848 under CC 4.0
Food and drink manufacturer Princes has vowed to return to full production at its Bradford factory as soon as possible, after a blaze was battled by fire crews on Tuesday.

A Princes spokesman told Food Manufacture​: “Some areas of production have recommenced and our warehouse is operating normally.

“We are hoping to have all other production lines back up and running as soon as possible, and will keep our employees and customers informed as the situation progresses.”

About 60 fire fighters from across the West Yorkshire fire and Rescue Service attended the incident that had started in a plastic bottle making machine.

60 fire fighters

Crews arrived with 12 appliances – ten pumps and two aerial platforms. Crews remained until the morning to damp down the site, reducing to two fire engines.

It was thought from initial reports that persons were trapped inside of the building, however no Princes staff were involved and there were no casualties.

The spokesman added: “The fire at our Bradford site on Tuesday evening was quickly attended and extinguished by the fire brigade. There were no injuries, and all employees are safe.

“We are assisting the relevant authorities with their investigation. We are thankful to the West Yorkshire Fire Service for their response and also to our staff for an orderly and safe evacuation.”

‘Assisting the relevant authorities’

Founded in 1880, Princes manufactures products under its own name, as well as under the Branston, Batchelors and Jucee brands. It produces own-label drinks for retailers at its Bradford site.

Last month, the company announced that it had become one of the first producers in the UK to use 50% recycled plastic in all of its drinks bottles.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, The Belazu Ingredient Company said it was fully operational after a fire took place on the industrial estate where it is located​ in Greenford, west London.

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