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Blaze breaks out at bakery.

An investigation was under way today after workers fled to safety as a blaze ripped through a baker's factory, destroying part of it.

Forty firemen fought for almost an hour to bring the blaze at Peter Cathedral Baker's unit on Durham's Dragonville Industrial Estate under control.

The blaze broke out in the single-storey despatch area. Flames were shooting from the roof when fire crews from Durham arrived.

Durham city station officer Karl Hartmann said today: "The storage area was full of cardboard and a materials that helped accelerate the blaze. It was a fierce, deep-seated blaze.

"We had four crews and a turntable ladder at the scene and it took us more than three-quarters of an hour to bring it under control.

"The first call was from the factory and others were from motorists."

"There was a small number of nightshift workers who had already been evacuated."

The alarm was raised at 7.33pm yesterday and fire crews were at the scene until just before 1am today.

The main factory area was smoke-logged during the battle to stop the flames spreading, but there was no structural damage.

Durham Fire Brigade's investigation unit was today carrying out an inquiry into the cause of the blaze.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2003
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