Workers praised for helping tackle factory fire in St Ives

QUICK-THINKING workers have been praised by firefighters for helping tackle a blaze at a factory in St Ives. Firefighters were called at 2.11pm on Tuesday (June 30) to reports of a fire at David Smith Ltd in Marley Road. When crews arrived they found a

QUICK-THINKING workers have been praised by firefighters for helping tackle a blaze at a factory in St Ives.

Firefighters were called at 2.11pm on Tuesday (June 30) to reports of a fire at David Smith Ltd in Marley Road.

When crews arrived they found a fire in the dust extraction system at the rear of the building.

They used one hose reel and two jets to extinguish the fire and managed to contain the fire within the hopper.

Gary Mitchley, incident commander, praised staff at the timber engineering firm for their help in fighting the blaze. He said workers promptly passed on knowledge of the factory's equipment, which helped firefighters decide the best way to fight the fire.

Mr Mitchley said: "The fire started in the dust extraction system and a hot spark ignited the hopper.

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"Thanks to the quick thinking of the on-site workers and the first firefighters at the scene, we were able to ensure that the fire didn't spread to any surrounding objects and that there was minimum disruption to the factory.