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Fire at Rugby cement plant

Up to 50 firefighters were called to a fire at Rugby's cement plant.

It broke out in the Cemex tower on Lawford Road in the early hours of Tuesday 5th November.

No-one was hurt.

Here's a statement from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue:

"Just after 02.00 (Tuesday 5 November) Warwickshire Fire and Rescue fire control were alerted to an incident at the Cemex plant on Lawford Road, Rugby.

There were multiple seats of fire in one of the 70 metre towers on the site, with the cause of the fire believed to be a machine fault relating to a feeding belt carrying materials.

At the height of the incident 8 appliances and additional support vehicles were on site, this included an ariel turntable ladder. Appliances from Rugby were in attendance together with support from West Midlands, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire - with up to 50 firefighters working on the incident. 

Breathing apparatus was in use and due to the nature of the incident  crews tackled the fire from multiple high rise positions, utilising the turntable ladder.

The incident was successfully dealt with, with no injuries reported. Two appliances from Rugby remain on site to dampen down.

Cemex staff supported fire crews ensuring their emergency protocol was followed."

Cemex UK have also sent us the following:

“CEMEX confirms there was a fire at the Rugby Cement Plant in the early hours of 5th November.

We are grateful for the attendance of the fire service who brought the incident under control rapidly and limited the damage to equipment. The fire is now extinguished.

Everyone at the site was kept safe with no injuries, and operations will continue on site with no impact on supply to customers.”

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