Crews Respond to Fire at Coffee Processing Plant

July 2, 2018

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Crews Respond to Fire at Coffee Processing Plant
A fire broke out at the Douwe Egberts coffee processing plant in Banbury, UK. Image courtesy of Flickr user ritzotencate

Crews from four municipal fire departments responded to a fire at the Jacobs Douwe Egberts Kraplant coffee processing plant in Banbury, UK on June 28, according to various local media reports.

Firefighters from Banbury, Kidlington, Fenny Compton, and Buckingham arrived at the plant at about 2 p.m., finding fire in an elevated gantry on the exterior of the facility’s structure, the Oxford Mail said in coverage.

Because flames were close to a high voltage power line, crews had to isolate power to the plant to approach the fire safely, the Banbury Guardian reported. Fire personnel worked to prevent fire from spreading into dry waste material that would have acted as additional fuel.

Hot temperatures presented a challenge to battling the fire for staff at the site and firefighters.

“Ambient temperatures of around 28C meant it was necessary to maintain a large presence of personnel, to ensure that we had enough resilience to bring the incident to a successful conclusion,” a fire station manager, Mick Clarke, told the Mail.

No information was available on the suspected cause of the incident or whether injuries were reported.

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