Monday, 20 May 2019

Back in business

A BUSINESS that was hit by a massive blaze last month is back up and running.

Staff at Tarmac contractor Hazell & Jefferies have returned to work in temporary cabins at Mount Pleasant Farm, near Whitchurch Hill, where the fire took place on January 28.

The flames engulfed the administration block, containing computers and business records, and destroyed a forklift truck, two support vehicles and a storage barn.

Afterwards, owner Richard Hazell temporarily relocated some of his staff to his waste transfer station at Ipsden while others helped him sort through the rubble to salvage as much paperwork as possible.

His insurers inspected the site a few days afterwards and he then demolished the damaged buildings, which will eventually be replaced.

In the meantime, the company has kept going as usual.

Mr Hazell, who lives on the site, said: “I’m doing pretty well, all things considered.

“Everything’s back to normal and the staff have done a great job keeping everything going.

“They’ve put in some long hours sorting through the debris and I’m very grateful.”

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