Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

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Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough – sending huge cloud of smoke across the city

  • The blaze started behind the Whirlpool’s UK HQ in Morley Way, Peterborough  
  • ‘Large bangs’ and explosion sounds were heard across the city at around 7pm
  • Fire and Rescue Services confirmed  they were attending a ‘Hotpoint factory’ and Hotpoint is owned by American company, Whirlpool 
  • Emergency services have advised locals to stay inside and close windows
  • Were you affected by the fire? Please get in touch ryan.fahey@mailonline.co.uk

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An explosion ripped through dozens of trailers behind Whirlpool’s UK headquarters in Peterborough releasing a huge plume of smoke into the city sky. 

A series of explosion sounds were heard earlier today and around 40 HGV trailers are in flames.  

A statement from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services said that there are not believed to be any casualties.  

They added that there are a number of firefighters at the scene from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.  

The charred frames of at least eight HGV trailers can be seen after the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services confronted the roaring blaze at a Hotpoint factory in Peterborough this evening

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

The fire can be seen still blazing under some of the trailers with the burning metal sending off billows of pluming acrid black smoke up into the air

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services can be seen with a fire truck attending to a series of trailers which have seemingly escaped the worst of the fire damage

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

A huge plume of smoke can be seen erupting from a line of HGV trailers behind a Hotpoint factory outlet in Peterborough this evening

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

The billowing noxious smoke can be seen erupting from the Hotpoint factory in Peterborough, slowly rolling up through the city sky

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

The smoke carried through the city with nearby neighbours having to shut their windows due to the huge smoke eruption 

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

Hotpoint is owned by American company Whirlpool and sells washing machines and dishwashers

‘There was a huge loud explosion. Police told everyone to move back and they’ve started evacuating the area,’ Jason Crossley, 31, told the Sun Newspaper. 

Former Peterborough Mayor, John Peach, said that the Managing Director ‘was getting quite upset’ and was told no when he asked if he could enter the premises.    

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services spokeswoman told Cambridgeshire Live earlier tonight: ‘All we know at the moment it’s [a] big incident, at Hotpoint warehouse, Shrewsbury Avenue in Peterborough. 

‘We’ve got lots of fire engines there and it is something serious.’

The site is owned by Whirlpool, a kitchen appliances company, and comprises of the firm’s UK head office, storage and depot facilities.

Hotpoint is one of Whirlpool’s brands.

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

Reports from Twitter user and former Local Councillor, John Peach, say at 20:20 the fire is almost out

Twitter user, John Peach, said at around 7pm: ‘Massive fire somewhere eastern area of Peterborough.

Can hear large bangs as if they’re explosions. Anyone got any news?’

hi i’m tim said: ‘Insane fire in Peterborough currently. Can see it from miles away too.

Thinking it’s Hotpoint in the Woodston area?’

The local police force said on Twitter: ‘We are currently on scene assisting Fire and Ambulance on Celta Road, Woodston at a large fire.’

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services said they were attending with the police to quell the fire

They asked the public to keep the area clear to make way for emergency vehicles.   

The fire service urged the public are urged to avoid the area and advised local residents advised to keep doors and windows closed.

It is expected emergency services will be working late into the night to tackle the blaze. 

Hotpoint sell ‘quality home and kitchen appliances,’ according to their website. 

A Whirlpool spokesman confirmed in a statement that no one had been injured in the fire and that no damage had been caused to its buildings. 

‘A fire broke out at approximately 6.45pm today (Thursday, August 29) in an area of our Peterborough headquarters where heavy goods vehicle trailers are parked,’ he said

‘These trailers contained spare parts and the blaze spread to approximately 30 of them.

‘The fire is now under control and investigations by the police into the cause are ongoing.’ 

Whirlpool’s multi-million pound recall

Explosion rips through dozens of HGV trailers behind Whirlpool factory in Peterborough

A family were facing GBP125,000 of debt last month after a blaze caused by a Whirlpool tumble dryer ripped through their home

Reports surfaced of a fault with Whirlpool tumble dryers setting when clothes fluff touched the heating element of the appliance. 

This caused some models to catch fire and ‘explode’ in some instances. 

Last month Whirlpool announced that it would recall its Creda, Hotpoint, Indesit, Proline and Swan tumble dryers made between April 1, 2004 and September 30, 2015

The recall will cost millions of pounds for the American company with customers requiring a replacement dryer and installment costs. 

 

 

 

  

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