Four fire engines called to tackle blaze at Letchworth factory

12:16 02 September 2010

Fire crews attending the scene at Altro Floors in Letchworth GC

Fire crews attending the scene at Altro Floors in Letchworth GC

Archant

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a factory today (Thursday) after a blaze broke out in a two-storey building used for manufacturing.

Fire engine outside Altro Floors in Letchworth GC

Fire services from Baldock and Letchworth GC, Hitchin and Stevenage attended Altro Floors’ premises in Works Road, Letchworth GC, at around 11.40am and used breathing apparatus and jets to tackle the fire, located on the ground floor.

The building has since been evacuated with all 350 employees safe and accounted for.

Fire crew are now ventilating the inside of the premises as the blaze caused heavy smoke.

Speaking at the scene, Tonia Millson, organisational development director and media spokesperson for Altro Floors, said: “There was an incident in the manufacturing area at 11.42am where a small fire broke out.

“Everyone was evacuated safely and both staff and visitors have been accounted for.

“We expect to be back in the building later this afternoon.”

The cause of the fire is not yet know.

5 comments

  • One to go though!

    Report this comment

    Barry Denton-Maclennan

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

  • Should that be 'premises'?

    Report this comment

    Barry Denton-Maclennan

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

  • my dad works there his name is paul astridge is he ok

    Report this comment

    kieran astridge

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

  • Thank you.

    Report this comment

    Barry Denton-Maclennan

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

  • my dad works there his name is paul astridge is he ok

    Report this comment

    kieran astridge

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

More news stories

39 minutes ago
Police are appealing for help in tracing wanted man, Reece Haynes, from Stevenage

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a wanted man from Stevenage.

10:19
Hitchin Town Hall

Councillors last night voted to fast-track a six figure payment required to fit-out troubled the Hitchin Town Hall project.

09:52
Opening in Hitchin town centre, vegan and plant based health cafe Chia Cafe, from left Lucy Fisher (in charge), Imogen Brierley will work in the shop, Megan Fisher (Lucy and Dan's daughter) and Dan Fisher. Pictured at Hitchin FitFest in advance of their opening

Do you want mylk with that? The team behind the latest entrant into Hitchin’s crowded cafe scene is confident that they’ve got that something extra – because Churchyard’s Chia Cafe is the first in town to cater for vegans.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust has come under fire.

As the new chief executive takes the helm of the region’s troubled ambulance service, a watchdog spokesman has warned that “prospects are not good”.

”North

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Comet e-edition today E-edition