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Inquiry after candle factory fire

The fire at Symphony Candles (pic by Chris Harley)
Chris Harley took this picture of the fire at Symphony Candles

An investigation is under way to establish what caused a large fire at a candle factory in a Dorset town.

Symphony Candles, on Blandford Heights Industrial Estate in Blandford Forum, was completely destroyed in the blaze, along with a warehouse next to it.

At the height of the fire on Friday night, more than 100 firefighters tried to bring the flames under control.

Nobody was injured in the blaze but roads were closed and residents advised to stay indoors and shut windows.

A spokeswoman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "The difficulty in fighting the fire was in the material involved and the wind factor.

"The fire crews surrounded the fire quite early on and were able to stabilise it."

She said the cause of the fire is still not known.

Tanya Thorne said her partner's business, Global Marketing Group, which supplies merchandising to West End shows and theme parks and has its headquarters next to Symphony Candles, had lost its warehouse and its entire stock.

She said although a lot of material had been lost customers would not be affected.


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