Amcor Flexibles Fire at Brucefield Industrial Estate
Fortunately there would appear to be no serious injuries with only one person suffering minor burns to the back of their hand. (Info source, Amcor website)
Nonetheless, a very dramatic incident for employees, residents and businesses in the vicinity.
Obvious concerns arising from the incident are for the population, crops, livestock and reservoirs that feed Livingston and Edinburgh, lying directly downwind of the massive plume of smoke that was visible for many miles across central Scotland. Factory construction and production materials are feared to be toxic and apart from the visible smoke one has to wonder what other invisible hazards were released into the atmosphere. A shower of rain in the late afternoon may have helped clear the air but certainly ensures any contaminants would be washed into the soil and water systems.
According to Lothian & Borders Fire Service communications, 3 firefighters felt unwell and attended hospital as a precautionary measure. Although they were fortunately released soon after, this could give substance to the fears of local residents that noxious gasses were released during the incident.
Some were taken on the Sunday 19th Sept 2010 immediately following the fire while the ashes were still smouldering and flaring up.
The latest two images show of the aftermath visible during the demolition process, taken 1 November 2010.
No surprise that there is still a stench of burning at the site.
Fire is adjacent to an IBM unit in Brucefield Industrial Estate
Bausch & Lomb is another neighbour. This is where disposable contact lenses are made.
The metal building is melting
These guys are brave.
Hard to get close
Another neighbour is NTL
Eye in the sky
Local countryside view. Livingston in the valley. Bathgate is on the far left hillside. The long white structure just visible on the hillside several miles away is Tesco’s massive Scottish Distribution Centre.
Returning to the charred remains on Sunday, late afternoon. Still smouldering and smoking.
The roof has collapsed on top of what remains of the factory floor, a bit like shrink wrap only it’s steel.
The large demolition digger claw pulls bits off and a tender crew stands by to hose down each new flare up that erupts as the embers are exposed to fresh air.
There are flames still visible here, behind the fence, adjacent to the flagpole.
Someone’s car has melted.
The toughened glass hasn’t escaped.
Nissan Micra melt. I’m told there is much worse at the back of the building.
It will take many days to ensure the fire is completely out.
Fire Commander and Sector Commander survey the scene.
Demolition in progress early in November.
Devastation near the heart of the fire.
Sadly Amcor have decided not to rebuild this facility with the loss of more than 80 jobs.