Safety checks at factory damaged in acid-bath blaze

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Some operations at a Sheffield factory hit by fire have been suspended while a safety assessment is carried out.

Fire crews were called to Symmetry Medical, Beulah Road, Owlerton, on Saturday, to find an acid bath engulfed in flames.

The firm manufactures surgical instruments including implants.

A company spokesman said: “The damage from the fire was confined to the Acid Shop, which was destroyed.

“No Symmetry employees or first responders were injured as a result of the fire.

“No other operation at the Sheffield plant was materially affected by the fire, including the machining centres, the forging equipment, the casting foundry, administrative functions, and data centre.

“However, gas, electric, and water utilities serving the casting and forging areas of the plant have been discontinued until a safety evaluation is completed.

“The company hopes to have these restored throughout the week.”

Thomas Sullivan, president and chief executive officer, confirmed it was business as usual at the company.

He said: “We have teams on-site to facilitate normal operations in the remainder of the plant and plan to ensure as little disruption as possible for the remainder of our operations.”