Investigators examine factory fire damage

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FIRE investigators have been examining the wreckage of a factory destroyed by fire – to try to find out how it started.

The blaze at Envelopemaster, Aldwarke Lane, Rotherham, broke out on Tuesday night and burned for most of the following morning.

Firefighters were still there yesterday morning damping down the remains of the burning building as a precaution to avoid the fire starting up again. Firefighters who battled to extinguish the blaze saved other nearby businesses from going up in flames. Bosses at Envelopemaster have praised crews for their efforts.

A statement issued by the firm thanked people for their support. It said: “We have tried to reply to everyone but the sheer number of well-wishers has meant this hasn’t been possible – please accept our most sincere thanks and gratitude. We are pleased to confirm that the surrounding business premises are relatively undamaged and would like to thank the South Yorkshire Fire Service for their excellent work.”

Managing director Darrell Tattershall-Waller said the firm would survive the blaze.

He said: “We are pleased to confirm that Envelopemaster has sufficient cash flow and resources to be able to cover all outstanding payments on time from every supplier.

“The company has excellent liquidity and substantial funding from its shareholders and is well placed financially to survive this terrible incident. Employees working at the factory, which manufactures postage and packaging materials, escaped unharmed.”