Decision on fire-hit factory in Langley to be made in new year

A decision on the future of a Black Country factory which burst into flames, severely damaging homes and cars, will be made early in the new year, bosses said today.

Homes had to be evacuated when flames took hold at the Alcohols Limited factory, in Crosswells Road, Langley, on November 26 with 70 firefighters battling the blaze at its height. The building was left gutted by the fire and no decision has yet been made on whether operations will continue at the site until the conclusion of all incident investigations.

And they promised residents in the area would be kept “fully apprised” of the situation over the coming months.

Spokesman for the firm Mark Marshall said the company was waiting for investigations, including the findings of the Health and Safety Executive, to be finalised.

“Once this has been done a decision will be made on the future of the site,” he said.

“It really is out of our hands at the moment. We are expecting the HSE investigation to be complete by early into the New Year.

Issues

“Insurance issues will also have to be looked at and then we will be in a position for a final decision on the site to be made.

“I doubt there will be any further action now until after Christmas. However we are continuing to talk with residents who were affected by the fire.”

He said loss adjustors employed by the firm had been in contact with residents who had suffered damage to their property in the blaze. Affected Families were sent to an emergency centre.

Now residents say while they are not against the gin distillery part of the business remaining they want the chemical distribution side of the firm to be moved.

Managing director of the firm Adam Wallis said all options would be looked at and the final decision on the site would not be taken lightly.

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