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Two are hurt in blaze at factory

Thursday, 28th June 2001.

PRODUCTION was back to normal this week at a chemical factory in haverhill, following a major fire in which two workers were injured.

More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze, at the International Flavours and Fragrances site in Duddery Hill, Haverhill, in the early hours last Thursday morning.

Two workers were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with minor injuries. One was sent home later in the day and the second kept overnight for observation.

The rest of the 220 staff were sent home as an investigation into the cause of the blaze, which started after small explosions in a chemical reactor.

Steve Wilson, general manager at IFF, said an extensive safty procedures tested in simulations last Autumn provied effective in dealing with the fire.

Two nearby homes were evacutaed as a saftey precaution, bue there was no chemical leakage and no danger to people on the 55-acre site or living nearby. A company spokesman said an investigation into the cause of the fire was continuing.

Haverhill Weekly News

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