UPDATED: Long-established coffin factory in Nelson is devasted by fire

UPDATED: Long-established coffin factory in Nelson is devasted by fire

Large fire at Nelson coffin factory

Wreckage caused by the fire.

Firefighters damp down at the factory this morning.

Eight appliances, including a turntable ladder, were used to fight the blaze.

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FAMILY firm with a 90-year history in Nelson has been devastated by a major fire.

Walter Lambert and Sons, a well-known coffin makers based in Edgar Street, was engulfed in flames.

Parts of the historic former mill site were so badly damaged that they will now have to be demolished.

And a shortage of coffins is also expected as a result of the blaze.

Police and fire investigators are now attempting to discover whether the firm was targeted in an arson attack or if the blaze started accidentally.

More than 40 firefighters from across East Lancashire tackled a ‘severe fire’ at Walter Lambert and Sons in Edgar Street, off Leeds Road, just after 3am on today.

Nearby homes were temporarily evacuated after flames ripped through stored timber at the 100-metre long complex.

And staff at a nearby care home in Juno Street were placed on alert to move residents as the fire raged through the single-storey building.

Part of the structure is now in the process of being demolished after it was surveyed and ruled unsafe by building inspectors.

Steve Kennedy, a group manager with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said when initial crews arrived on the scene it was quickly realised that more resources were needed.

Eight appliances, a turntable ladder, mobile fire station and the brigade’s hazardous materials unit were deployed at the scene.

Mr Kennedy added: “We had quite a severe fire that was rapidly developing so resources were quickly increased.

“We contained the fire to around two-thirds of the building. But there was an awful lot of fuel inside, with it being a timber yard.

“Initially we had to proceed with caution because we did not know if there was any hazardous materials inside either.”

Building control officers inspected the site this morning.

David Lambert, principal building control officer for Pendle Council, said: “It’s vitally important that we make sure the building is safe as quickly as possible.

“The owner has agreed to arrange for part of the building to be demolished and security fencing to be put up around the site to keep people out.”

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9:55am Wed 14 Mar 12

Keith Myath says...

OK, someone has to get in first and say that most of the production was destined to go up in flames anyway.
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(The worst part is I'm not even ashamed!)
OK, someone has to get in first and say that most of the production was destined to go up in flames anyway. . (The worst part is I'm not even ashamed!) Keith Myath
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10:11am Wed 14 Mar 12

andybNelson says...

is this the same company who had the timber yard at the motorway roundabout at Brierfield i seem to remember that this went up in flames as well
is this the same company who had the timber yard at the motorway roundabout at Brierfield i seem to remember that this went up in flames as well andybNelson
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10:11am Wed 14 Mar 12

andybNelson says...

is this the same company who had the timber yard at the motorway roundabout at Brierfield i seem to remember that this went up in flames as well
is this the same company who had the timber yard at the motorway roundabout at Brierfield i seem to remember that this went up in flames as well andybNelson
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10:11am Wed 14 Mar 12

andybNelson says...

is this the same company who had the timber yard at the motorway roundabout at Brierfield i seem to remember that this went up in flames as well
is this the same company who had the timber yard at the motorway roundabout at Brierfield i seem to remember that this went up in flames as well andybNelson
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10:19am Wed 14 Mar 12

CapitaBackHander says...

My nanas coffin went up in flames but it never got in the paper ;(
My nanas coffin went up in flames but it never got in the paper ;( CapitaBackHander
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11:08am Wed 14 Mar 12

useyourhead says...

CapitaBackHander wrote:
My nanas coffin went up in flames but it never got in the paper ;(
story was probably buried!
[quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: My nanas coffin went up in flames but it never got in the paper ;([/p][/quote]story was probably buried! useyourhead
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5:15pm Wed 14 Mar 12

bikerjohn_uk says...

Wondered why I was "coffin" as I drove through Nelson this morning...I'll get me coat...
Wondered why I was "coffin" as I drove through Nelson this morning...I'll get me coat... bikerjohn_uk
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6:05pm Wed 14 Mar 12

bubble of reason says...

useyourhead wrote:
CapitaBackHander wrote:
My nanas coffin went up in flames but it never got in the paper ;(
story was probably buried!
some had to get a Dig in!
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: My nanas coffin went up in flames but it never got in the paper ;([/p][/quote]story was probably buried![/p][/quote]some had to get a Dig in! bubble of reason
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7:49pm Wed 14 Mar 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

the soot from there fire has covered 99% of nelson
the soot from there fire has covered 99% of nelson everywhere is sh1t
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11:33pm Wed 14 Mar 12

carrman2 says...

End of an Era , Another nail in Nelsons Coffin, Nothing left ,So Sad
End of an Era , Another nail in Nelsons Coffin, Nothing left ,So Sad carrman2
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12:36am Thu 15 Mar 12

Honest John says...

The fire service are looking for the source of the fire, a spokesman said "were trying to get a handle on it!"
The fire service are looking for the source of the fire, a spokesman said "were trying to get a handle on it!" Honest John
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12:46am Thu 15 Mar 12

Honest John says...

It's the thin end of a wedge, the bottom has fallen out of it, the cause is shrouded in mystery, they didnt have a ghost of a chance, the buisness has been shouldered for too long, we will pine for the factory Etc....
On a serious note I'm sure i recall reading somewhere that the buisness was struggling (possibly the Nelson Leader) Hmmmm If i was the insurance company I would be rubbing my chin, should Protec's buisness begin to struggle what will they do they are a bit stuck for the time honoured consumption by fire??? sugestions please!
It's the thin end of a wedge, the bottom has fallen out of it, the cause is shrouded in mystery, they didnt have a ghost of a chance, the buisness has been shouldered for too long, we will pine for the factory Etc.... On a serious note I'm sure i recall reading somewhere that the buisness was struggling (possibly the Nelson Leader) Hmmmm If i was the insurance company I would be rubbing my chin, should Protec's buisness begin to struggle what will they do they are a bit stuck for the time honoured consumption by fire??? sugestions please! Honest John
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10:43pm Thu 15 Mar 12

carrman2 says...

You would think the business would be good, the amount of dying that goes on
You would think the business would be good, the amount of dying that goes on carrman2
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8:07pm Fri 16 Mar 12

wulver says...

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust......
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...... wulver
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