Second call to fire at disused ice cream factory in Weston Mill - scene of repeated arson attacks
Firefighters and police have been called to a suspected arson at a disused ice cream factory in Weston Mill – for the second time in as many days.
Three appliances from Crownhill and Camels Head station have been at the scene of the fire in Bridwell Road this afternoon while police have been asked to assist in keeping the roadway clear.
Crews were called to the location at around 3.15pm today although they have told The Herald firefighters were called out to the same location on Wednesday at 5.30pm.
Watch manager Simon Kerr of Camels Head fire station said today’s fire started within the old refrigeration unit on the ground floor.
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He said: “By the time we got here the flames were already coming out of the roof.”
In all 14 firefighters tackled the blaze with four wearing breathing apparatus due to concerns over asbestos in the building’s roof.
The derelict ice cream factory has repeatedly been targeted by fire bugs in recent years. In October 2011 The Herald reported on a fire in the early hours being tackled by three fire crews. At the time, firefighters said they hoped the incident would finally trigger the demolition of the property, which sits close to dozens of homes .
In March 2008, neighbours raised the alarm when flames tore through nearly half of the property . The factory was ravaged by fire again that September, the blaze destroying around 80 per cent of its contents. The following January, arsonists targeted two disused ice cream vans parked outside the building, destroying both.
Following the October 2011 incident one firefighter at the scene told The Herald: "These incidents have a huge impact on local residents.
"We're hoping this will lead to demolition; we've been called out here far too many times."
Watch manager Kerr said fire investigators and police would now carry out an inquiry to determine the cause of both today and yesterday’s fires.