Adlington factory returns to full operation just 48 hours after major warehouse fire
A textile factory in Adlington has returned to full operation - just 48 hours after suffering a major blaze.
Around 50 firefighters and eight engines from Lancashire and Greater Manchester tackled the fire which destroyed a warehouse at the Pincroft Factory site in Huyton Road on Wedneday (April 1).
But Carrington Textiles, the largest producer of workwear fabrics in the UK, said its dyeing and printing factory at Pincroft remains fully operational.
It means the company can continue to produce essential fabrics for NHS uniforms and healthcare providers around the world, with more than 265 people employed at the site.
Photos from the scene showed the warehouse ablaze, with huge plumes of black smoke billowing from the burning building.
Fire crews remain at the site this morning (Friday, April 3), where a demolition company has been brought in to raze what's left of the warehouse.
Neil Davey, managing director of Carrington Textiles, said: "On the evening of Wednesday April 1, we experienced a fire which took place in the greige store at our UK factory, Pincroft.
"Firstly and, most importantly, we are pleased to confirm that none of our colleagues were involved and everybody remained safe throughout.
"The fire was confined to the greige store which is housed in a separate building at the rear of the factory.
"As a result, we remain fully operational without any damage to the factory or any plant and machinery, meaning that we continue to operate as normal.
"With the high demands currently placed on our factory, particularly for fabrics to support our NHS and healthcare worldwide, a lot of our greige stock had already been moved into the factory and was being prepared for processing.
"We did, however, lose some greige in the fire and are currently organising replacement stocks to be flown into the UK at pace, ensuring that we fill any possible gaps in raw material supplies.
"Meanwhile, please rest assured of our continuing operations and our focus on providing our customers with the same high levels of service that they have come to expect from us."
No-one has been injured in the fire, but Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is advising residents to stay away from the area and keep windows and doors closed as there is still some light smoke in the area.