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More than 5,000 new electrical appliances have been recalled across the UK after a fire broke out at an appliance factory in Staffordshire.
The fire at the plant in Southam was discovered at about 9.30am on Wednesday, and by midday, firefighters had extinguished the blaze.
More than 1,000 firefighters have been involved in the blaze and the blaze has destroyed a third of the building, with firefighters estimating it has caused damage of more than £100,000.
The blaze is the latest in a series of industrial incidents at the factory, which has been closed since July, with officials saying the incident has forced the closure of the factory and forced more than 20 employees to relocate.
A spokesperson for the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRRS) said that the fire was discovered in the basement of the plant’s production plant, but did not specify how many people were affected.
“There are now six firefighters in attendance, but it is not known how many were involved in putting out the fire,” the spokesperson said.
The factory was previously owned by the company behind the controversial plastic washing machines.
The SFRRS has previously said the plant is “fully operational”.
The fire has been declared a controlled incident and no injuries have been reported.
The manufacturer of the washing machines, Caspian-Mecom, is being investigated by the SFRSS for safety reasons.
A spokesman for the company said that it had not been notified of the fire, adding that they had “no further comment at this time”.
The factory is located in Southampton, which is the county seat of Southam.