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Fire crews in acid blaze drama.

FIRE crews from four towns were called in after an acid bath burst into flames at a Rugby factory on Sunday morning.

Workers at Blanc Aero, on the Butler's Leap industrial estate, alerted the emergency services just after 10am to the emergency involving a bath containing 150 litres of sodium hydroxide.

Workers were evacuated from the plant while members of six crews - from Rugby, Brinklow, Atherstone and Stratford - dealt with the situation.

Leading Firefighter Andy Stock, of Rugby station, who was in charge of the operation said: "They used a large sheet of metal to cover the bath and smother the flames.

"Then it was a case of waiting for it all to calm down and await specialist information from the company and our fire control room."

He confirmed that the blaze was not being treated as suspicious but the cause was being investigated.

Firefighters were at the scene for more than two hours before workers were allowed back into the building.

No-one was hurt, as a result of the incident. It is believed that the sodium hydroxide is used in metal processing at the plant.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 30, 2001
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