Lancashire coffin factory destroyed in blaze

Lancashire coffin factory destroyed in blaze

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of a large blaze which destroyed a coffin factory in Lancashire.

More than 50 firefighters were called to the Walter Lambert and Sons coffin manufacturing facility in Nelson at about 3:10am yesterday (14th March).

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service revealed that crews remained at the site throughout the morning to dampen down the fire, in which no-one was hurt.

He told the Guardian: “Because of the scale of the fire and the size of the building, we have a lot of forensic evidence to sift through. Some 50 per cent of the site was engulfed by the fire.

“There will also be a lot of water damage because of the gallons of water used. There will be a big clear up.”

A ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.

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