Quick response to industrial fire in Oakham ‘saved livelihoods’

A fire at CBS Products in Oakham, December 19. Photo: @LFRSWigston_ EMN-141222-094724001
A fire at CBS Products in Oakham, December 19. Photo: @LFRSWigston_ EMN-141222-094724001
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Factory staff have praised the quick response of fire crews after part of their building was destroyed in a blaze on Friday night.

Eight fire engines and an aerial ladder vehicle fought the flames at CBS Products in Pillings Road from about 6.10pm.

The fire started in the rear of the Old Provender Mill building. CBS operations director Tony Lewis was securing the premises at the time and noticed the alarm system was activated. Upon checking the area Mr Lewis was faced with smoke coming from the rear of the building into the factory.

The fire services were immediately called and two fire engines from Oakham Fire Station arrived at the scene within six minutes.

Mr Lewis said: “The building would have perished if it had not been for the swift service and resources provided by the local fire fighters.

“The incident highlights how crucial our fire fighters and emergency services are.

“The response time and efficiency to gain control of the blaze was truly remarkable.

“They saved not only a business but people’s jobs and livelihoods.”

Firefighters worked hard to stop the flames that had taken hold in the rear annex of the building from spreading. The crew entered the building with fire appliances and cutting tools to help keep the flames in check.

The blaze was mainly in the roof of the single-storey building, which measures about five metres by 30 metres.

Six more appliances from Melton Mowbray, Eastern (Leicester), Billesdon, Stamford, Wigston and Birstall, along with an aerial platform from Central Leicester, also attended.

The fire was successfully brought under control at 10.30pm and was finally put out by 5.30pm. No-one was injured in the incident.

Fire crews reinspected the scene on Saturday and handed the business back over to the owners at 5.30pm.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but is being treated as non-suspicious, with early indications showing it could have been caused by a potential electrical fault in the roof of the rear 
extension.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue reported that there was 100 percent damage to the roof and the contents of the building, along with smoke damage in the adjoining building.

CBS is now back up and running and open for business. Finance manager Pam Miskovic said: “We are still in business, although the fire has totally destroyed the workshop.

“Luckily the Oakham fire crew got there in time to stop it from spreading, if it had spread to the main factory it would of been devastating.”

Oakham watch manager Mark Draper was one of the firefighters who helped to tackle the blaze. He said: “It was key that two fire engines got into that building to get water onto the fire to stop it from rapidly spreading.

“If the crew from Oakham hadn’t of got there in time, we would have lost the building along with the adjoining buildings, which would of caused major issues for the road and rail networks and the surrounding units in the area.”