Bulwell cricket bat factory will ‘rise from ashes’ after huge blaze

Fire crews work through the night to tackle blaze at Blenheim Industrial Estate,  in Bulwell, at around 10pm on Saturday 6th June.
Fire crews work through the night to tackle blaze at Blenheim Industrial Estate, in Bulwell, at around 10pm on Saturday 6th June.

The MD of a Bulwell cricket bat factory has pledged the firm will rise like a ‘phoenix from the ashes’ after a huge blaze on Saturday night.

Firefighters worked through the night to tackle the fire which broke out in a single-storey building, measuring 40m by 50m, at Blenheim Industrial Estate, off Martin Close, at around 10pm.

At its height, five crews, two officers, an aerial platform and a command vehicle were on the scene as the fire service advised residents to keep their doors and windows closed due to the smoke coming from the fire.

Stuart Ruckledge, head of Fire Protection South Group with Notts Fire and Rescue Service, praised the ‘good teamwork’ of fire, police and ambulance crews who worked all night to stop the fire from spreading to cricket manufacturers B3 Cricket.

MD Michael Blatherwick was called to the factory on Saturday night and described the scene as ‘devastating’.

He said: “It has shut us down at the moment. The fire brigade had to break in and hose water at a partition wall to stop the blaze from spreading to our unit. We are going to have to rebuild the factory building.”

He said the unit had been smoke and water damaged, and it was not yet known whether the specialist machines used to manfacture bespoke cricket bats could be salvaged.

Mr Blatherwick said: “Business was very good before Saturday. What we are doing is pretty unique. This is the peak of our trading season.

“I think we will rise like a phoenix from the ashes.

“I got the call on Saturday night. I was just watching the Champions League final.

“I came down expecting a bin fire, but it was like the Towering Inferno.”

Fire investigators are continuing to probe the cause of the blaze.