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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Workers blamed for fire at Cumbrian factory

A fire in a Workington factory on Friday is believed to have been caused by demolition work.

One man was taken to the West Cumberland hospital, in Whitehaven, following the fire at Iggesund Paperboard, at Siddick, on Friday evening.

He suffered from smoke inhalation after the fire broke out at around 5.30pm when sparks from a disc cutter ignited insulation panels

A Cumbria Fire spokesperson said: “Part of the building is being dismantled and the demolition crew were cutting bolts and sparks set off the fire, which spread behind metal sheets. We cut a fire break in the insulation to prevent it travelling to the active part of the factory.

“We will have discussions with the demolition company to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

The fire crew used thermal imaging cameras to make sure that the fire was extinguished.

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