Ninety firefighters tackle major blaze at Northamptonshire factory

Fire at Quality Nut Products in Weedon.
Fire at Quality Nut Products in Weedon.

About 90 firefighters were called to a major factory blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed 16 crews were called to Quality Nut Products Ltd at Cavalry Hill Industrial Park in Weedon at about 3.30am where a “substantial fire” had broken out in one of the buildings.

Factory owner Graham Blundell said he was “gutted” by the fire which destroyed one and half million pounds worth of stock.

He said: “Distressed is an understatement I started this factory in 1964 and I’m gutted.”

A spokesman said: “The fire has now been contained with minimal lasting impact to surrounding businesses and properties.

“Damping down will continue.”

The fire service expect they will have a presence in the area well into next week.

They have asked nearby Weedon Bec Primary School in West Street to keep the children inside until lunchtime and keep all doors and windows shut.