June 4, 2020 11.02 am This story is over 41 months old

Firefighters find the cause the of North Hykeham factory blaze

The fire gutted the Hykeham factory

The cause of the fire that destroyed a North Hykeham factory this week has been found to be a faulty light fitting.

On Tuesday, June 2, a huge blaze hit Specialist Heat Exchangers on Freeman Road in North Hykeham, with the cause of the devastating fire initially unknown.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue has now said: “Following a fire investigation, the most likely cause of this incident seems to be a fault within a light fitting.”

A man looks on as the fire rips through the building. Photo: Chris Childs

The incident saw nine fire crews battling the fire, as well as police closing surrounding roads for hours and urging people to stay indoors.

Nine fire crews tackling the blaze. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

It caused significant damage to the factory, with collapsed walls and roof in many areas.

All staff were confirmed safe after the incident, with Specialist Heat Exchangers CEO Ian Sheriff thanking emergency services.

He told The Lincolnite: “Their [Lincolnshire Police and Fire Service] professional competence is something exceptional.”

Wreckage everywhere caused by the flames. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

One fire crew attended the scene overnight on Wednesday, June 3 to ensure any hotspots were fully extinguished.