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Over the weekend, Specialized’s UK headquarters has been significantly affected by a fire. At present investigators are on site establishing where on the industrial park the fire started.
12 fire engines and around 80 firefighters are tackling a blaze at Barwell Business Park in #Chessington . Leatherhead Road is closed to traffic and we advise local residents to keep windows closed as thick smoke is issuing https://t.co/fCr1jJ6wXp pic.twitter.com/6zjJaTRcBj— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) February 6, 2021
The fire at Barwell Business Park in #chessington is now under control. Crews will remain on scene making the area safe and road closures will remain in place. Local residents should keep windows closed due to the smoke https://t.co/fCr1jJ6wXp pic.twitter.com/tmKq7go5SK— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) February 6, 2021
Twelve fire engines and around eighty firefighters tackled a fire at Barwell Business Park on Leatherhead Road in Chessington.
A warehouse unit was destroyed by the blaze. Fire crews deployed a drone to provide an aerial view of the blaze and used aerial ladder appliances as they worked to bring the blaze under control. There were no reports of any injuries.
Station Commander Neil Guyett, who attended the scene, said: “Fire crews arrived to find a well-developed fire and worked hard to bring it under control in what was a protracted incident. There was thick smoke issuing across the business park.”
The Brigade was called at 1836 and the fire was under control by 2225. Fire crews from Surbiton, Kingston, Sutton, Twickenham, Croydon and Norbury fire stations attended the scene.
The fire is believed to be accidental but the cause has been recorded as undetermined.
The official statement from Specialized reads:
‘Over the weekend, we were notified that a fire had affected our UK headquarters. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but sadly the fire had a devastating effect to our offices. While there will be short-term changes to certain business operations in the UK, our warehouse is located elsewhere and therefore, our operations for riders and retailers are not impacted. We are working closely with the authorities to understand more about what happened.
As we get any further information on this story we’ll let you know. It’s good to know the Specialized UK warehouse is unaffected, so the new products are safe, but fingers crossed they haven’t lost any of the historical bikes or memorabilia that usually decorate an HQ.
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