Everyone was evacuated safely when the fire broke out at the premises occupied by Liebherr’s UK distributor Coolectric at around 2pm. A number of news sources have reported eye-witnesses hearing a massive explosion followed by flames three storeys high and plumes of smoke.
Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that a fire had broken out at the 4,800m2 two-storey factory unit, warehouse and offices, at Renny Park Road, Newport Pagnell at 1.50pm.
Thirteen appliances attended the fire and, at its peak, there were about 60 firefighters and officers at the scene. The fire was finally brought under control at 5.14pm but the building was 100% damaged by fire.
The plume of smoke was visible from many miles away and residents were advised to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows shut.
An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin tomorrow morning (Thursday).