June 3, 2020 12.40 pm This story is over 48 months old

Aftermath of North Hykeham fire shows devastating damage

The fire gutted the building

By Local Democracy Reporter

Yesterday’s fire on Freeman Road has caused significant damage to the Specialist Heat Exchangers building.

The fire, which was first reported at around 3pm on Tuesday, June 2, engulfed the whole factory and gutted the premises.

As reported earlier, nobody was injured and everyone at Specialist Heat Exchangers was accounted for during the incident.

Scalded walls and smashed windows, the damage is huge. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Windows have been smashed and walls have fallen apart, with burn marks all around what remains of the building.

The Lincolnite spoke to Ian Sheriff, a spokesperson for the company, about the fire.

Rubble surrounding the building’s infrastructure. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“Yesterday was a very difficult day in the history of Specialist Heat Exchangers Limited, as we experienced a very serious fire within one of our manufacturing units on Freeman Road in Lincoln.

“We are pleased to confirm that none of our team was injured during the fire and all evacuation procedures were followed to protect everyone involved, both within our business and in the wider community.

The walls have caved in around the factory. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“We are grateful to Lincolnshire Fire Service, Lincolnshire Police and all emergency services who responded immediately to contain what was an extremely serious event. Their professional competence is something exceptional.”

Specialist Heat Exchangers is a manufacturer of heat transfer solutions, and was founded in 1967 in Bracebridge Heath, before eventually moving to Freeman Road in North Hykeham.

The building is a shadow of its former self. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The cause of the fire remains unknown, with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue saying that the investigation is still ongoing.