Grosvenor Chemicals boss George Randall apologises after chemical plant blaze
May 27 2010 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
THE boss of Grosvenor Chemicals says the damage will run into millions of pounds and has issued an apology to residents living close to the Linthwaite factory following Monday’s huge blaze.
Site director George Randall also paid tribute to the fire service as he revealed the fire was believed to have started in a boiler house.
The company has suffered losses running into several million pounds as a result of the blaze.
But Mr Randall said about 90% of production was expected to be back up and running by today.
He said: “Production activities were restarted on Tuesday and other areas are being brought into production when it is safe to do so.
“We have every intention of bringing production up to full capacity in the very near future to protect the business, look after our customers and to defend the jobs this company is responsible for.”
He added: “On behalf of the company I would like to apologise for the distress and inconvenience caused to our neighbours and people in the surrounding area as a result of the incident that occurred on Monday morning.
“We are relieved and pleased that there were no injuries to either our staff or the emergency services as a result of the fire.
“We appreciate the professional way this incident was handled by the emergency services and the fire brigade in particular.”
Mr Randall said the fire service would remain at the plant, off Manchester Road on Lees Mill Lane, until the collapsed roof of a large warehouse that was destroyed in the incident was removed and they could fully dampen down.
A utilities building was also ravaged in the fire.