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Fire at furniture factory

PUBLISHED: 17:46 19 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:59 19 January 2019

The factory in Margaretting Road, Chelmsford had a fire in a dust extractor. Essex Fire and Rescue were at the scene for over two hours Picture: NICK BUTCHER

The factory in Margaretting Road, Chelmsford had a fire in a dust extractor. Essex Fire and Rescue were at the scene for over two hours Picture: NICK BUTCHER

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A factory near Chelmsford’s Hylands House was saved by Essex firefighters after a dust extractor burst into flames.

Nine fire crews from Essex are at the burning cottage in Ardleigh, close to the A12 at Colchester Picture: NICK BUTCHERNine fire crews from Essex are at the burning cottage in Ardleigh, close to the A12 at Colchester Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Firefighters were called to a fire on the outside of a furniture factory in Margaretting Road, near Chelmsford, around noon on January 18.

When fire crews arrived they reported that the external dust extractor fan was completely on fire.

Extinguishing the external fire by 1pm, the fire crews detected hot spots throughout the factory’s ventilation system as well.

After cutting away parts of the system to access all of the hot spots, the firefighters were able to leaver the scene at 2.40pm.

Hylands House, just outside Chelmsford in Essex. Picture: CHLEMSFORD CITY COUNCILHylands House, just outside Chelmsford in Essex. Picture: CHLEMSFORD CITY COUNCIL

Firefighters managed to completely extinguish all hot spots by 2:40pm.

The factory is on the neighbouring road to Hylands Park, the grounds to the 18th century stately home, Hylands House.

The park is host to the annual V Festival, which rebranded as the RiZE festival in 2018.

The building is now owned and operated by Chelmsford City Council.

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