Huge blaze engulfs Halloween toffee apple factory

By Alice Foster contact

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Remains of the destroyed toffee apple factory. Photos: West Midlands Fire Service
Remains of the destroyed toffee apple factory. Photos: West Midlands Fire Service
A factory making toffee apples for Halloween was burnt down at the weekend. 

Five fire engines were called to a huge blaze at the factory in the West Midlands at 7.20am on Saturday (September 26). 

The “accidental”​ fire destroyed the single-storey building in Walsal End Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, near Solihull, according to West Midlands Fire Service.   

‘Roof had collapsed internally’​ 

A fire service spokesman said: “100% of the building was involved in a fire. It looks like the roof had collapsed internally into the factory unit.”​ 

Photographs posted on social media site Twitter showed crates of destroyed toffee apples in front of the charred remains of the factory. 

On Saturday Sheldon fire station’s Twitter account posted: Just left scene of factory fire that produces toffee apples for Halloween.” 

Report from fire service

"It looks like the roof had collapsed internally into the factory unit.”

  • Spokesman at West Midlands Fire Service 

Firefighters use water jets 

About 25 firefighters, from five engines, tackled the fire using water jets. Firefighting operations finished at about noon. 

Meanwhile, a 14-­year-­old boy has been arrested in connection with a huge fire at a salad factory​ in North Yorkshire this month. 

Flames enveloped a warehouse and spread to a second building, believed to be offices, on Selby Salads’ food manufacturing site in Camblesforth. 

Last month a fire ravaged a wholesale market in Birmingham​ and a powder explosion burnt a worker​ at a factory in Staffordshire. 

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