HSE investigation to follow four day blaze at chipboard factory

On 9 June, at approximately 8pm, firefighters were called to a fire at Sonae, Knowsley Industrial Estate, Kirby, Liverpool. Sonae are  manufacturers of particleboard for use in the furniture and construction based industries, using up to 98%  recycled wood in their products.

60 firefighters tackled the blaze which involved around 2,000 tonnes of wood chip contained in concrete bunkers. The fire brigade were present at the site for four days to ensure that the fire would not spread. Due to the type of fire and the construction of the concrete hoppers it was very difficult to fight the fire safely.

There is still some smouldering product in the bunkers and this is under surveillance by the fire brigade.

Sonae are already in the spot light due to various incidents that have occurred since it opened in  January 2000 . During the first twelve months of the plant being opened several fires were reported. In December 2010 two men aged 27 and 25 years old died at the plant after they fell into machinery.

Once the fire at Sonae is completely extinguished HSE will commence an investigation into the incident.

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