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Great Yarmouth Harbour and Seafront

Back to business after fire drama

Monday 7th March 2011
Investigations are under way into the cause of a fire which destroyed part of a steel fabrication works on the Gapton Hall estate at Great Yarmouth on Friday.

But Cap Fabrications were determined to get back to business straight away using parts of their site which were untouched by the dramatic blaze and pall of smoke which brought dozens of 999 calls at its height.

Nearby businesses were evacuated because of fears of an explosion and traffic ground to a standstill on surrounding roads and the nearby A12 dual carriageway.

Many of the 25 workers returned to the plant over the weekend to clear-up and salvage what they could from the charred remains.

No one was hurt in the incident but Ama Seaman, from Cap, said it was a fresh blow to the workforce after the death of the company’s boss Stephen Perry in the autumn. She said the business would continue with its long-serving team and loyal customers.

Around 60 firefighters and 40 police were involved in the operation at the site where items such as containers and shipping baskets are made.

A paint spraying booth, neighbouring office and a precision engineering workshop were all devastated by the fire.

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