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British Sugar Factory blaze in Bury St Edmunds started in the drying plant, fire service confirms



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Fire fighters from across Suffolk battled a blaze at a Bury St Edmunds factory for more than two hours.

Emergency services were called to the British Sugar Factory in Hollow Road at 7.14pm yesterday after they were alerted by on site fire crews to an incident in the drying plant.

It is currently unknown what cased the blaze, but engines from across Suffolk were called to the sugar factory, which has been in the town since 1924.

The fire at the British Sugar Factory. Picture: Paige Hutchinson
The fire at the British Sugar Factory. Picture: Paige Hutchinson

Some 13 crews, including ones from Woodbridge, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and Newmarket, attended the factory fire and used hose reel jets, 45m jets and additional covering jets to extinguish the blaze.

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman told Suffolk News today there were no casualties and a stop time was called more than two hours later at 9.22pm.

The factory processes more than two millions tonnes of sugar beet a year from farmers across East Anglia, and converts it into 320,000 tonnes of sugar.

Fire fighters at the British Sugar factory in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Suffolk Fire and Rescue
Fire fighters at the British Sugar factory in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Suffolk Fire and Rescue

On site there is also a £15m power plant, which used processed sugar beet pulp to generate renewable energy for the National Grid. It also produces other products including animal feed, top soil and aggregate.

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