VIDEO: Fire at disused factory in Bilsthorpe

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a disused factory in Bilsthorpe which took more than seven hours to put out this morning (October 14).

Crews from Mansfield, Ashfield, Edwinstowe, Blidworth, Bingham and Arnold stations attended the factory on Belle Eau Park, Kirklington Road, after the building became engulfed in flames at around 2.30am.

A water bowser, a high volume pump and an aerial ladder platform were used to dampen the flames and a command support unit was sent out.

Station manager, Damien West, who was incident commander on the scene, said: “The building has been totally destroyed by the fire and this incident has really shown the potential devastation that fire can cause, to both businesses and homes, and I would just like to urge people to make sure they take precautions against fire wherever possible.”

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A man who lives two doors down from the factory described it as an ‘inferno’.

The scene at a factory fire on Kirklington Road in Bilsthorpe

The scene at a factory fire on Kirklington Road in Bilsthorpe

He said: “At first I thought it would have been a controlled fire - but then I realised the whole lot was in flames. Smoke was everywhere.”

Nearby residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed because of the heavy smoke and Kirklington Road was closed off to all traffic.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue have also been working with the Environmental Agency to

Police and fire investigators are still trying to determine whether or not the fire should be treated as suspicious.

The incident has now been downscaled and three fire engines are still on the site damping down the area.