Page last updated at 11:22 GMT, Friday, 27 June 2008 12:22 UK

City factory fire is 'suspicious'

Fire engine
About 30 firefighters helped put out the blaze at the factory

A fire at an electronics plant in Dundee is being treated as suspicious.

About 30 firefighters dealt with the blaze at Wound Magnetics in Luna Place, which broke out just after 0100 BST on Friday.

It took them almost three hours to bring the flames under control and there is substantial damage to the workshop and processing plant.

There were a small number of workers inside when the blaze started, but they were not injured.

The firefighters at the scene needed breathing equipment and thermal imaging cameras because of the heavy smoke.

Incident commander, Andy Hermiston, told the BBC Scotland news website it was a dangerous job.

"The fire produced a large volume of heavy, thick, toxic smoke," he said.

Fire crews did very very well to locate the fire early, extinguish it and keep damage to a minimum
Andy Hermiston
Incident commander

"There were hazards there involving the machinery and some of the hazardous materials that are contained within the premises.

"There's also the difficulty of access and the complex layout of the premises inside, which made the firefighters operations that wee bit more difficult.

"Certainly fire crews did very very well to locate the fire early, extinguish it and keep damage to a minimum."

A joint police and fire service investigation is under way and witnesses have been asked to come forward.

On the 28 May, Etal Group announced it had acquired the assets of Wound Magnetics, which had been in administration, and planned to continue operations at the factory in Dundee.

The firm produces transformers and inductors for the aircraft, defence, telecoms and power industries.


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