Blaze-hit Yate company moves to new premises as demolition starts at fire ravaged warehouse

December 19 2017

THE company which suffered a major fire at its Yate warehouse has moved to new premises.

THE company which suffered a major fire at its Yate warehouse has moved to new premises.

AJM Pet Products carried on trading in the immediate aftermath of the blaze thanks to the support of nearby companies.

But it has now relocated to the Aztec West Business Park due to the shortage of suitable alternative premises in Yate.

The fire in October started accidentally and destroyed the 10,000 sq ft warehouse on the Beeches Industrial Estate.

After its initial response, Avon Fire and Rescue crews were called back a number of times to deal with flare-ups from identified hotspots.

In response to fears about asbestos, smoke and odours, Public Health England said it did not consider the exposure was likely to pose a significant risk to health but advised people living and working locally to minimise their time outdoors in areas affected by the smoke.

Cushman and Wakefield, which manages the estate, has employed a specialist contractor to carry out the clean-up operation and the Health and Safety Executive is monitoring the demolition phase.

South Gloucestershire Council said the contractor cleaned up any asbestos-containing materials spread by the fire which may have fallen as debris in the immediate vicinity during the initial stage of the fire. 

Cushman and Wakefield said: “We can confirm that unit 49, declared structurally unsafe to enter following the fire, and the adjacent unit 50, will be demolished following safe removal of debris and extensive review by the loss adjuster, insurers and structural engineers.

“We anticipate the demolition process will take a maximum of three weeks. This timetable is governed by the health and safety and environmental considerations surrounding the demolition.

  “We recognise that the smoke has caused local disruption for which we apologise. We are fully focused on concluding the demolition work as quickly as is safely possible.”

AJM’s managing director, Andrew Pierce, said: “The way in which everyone rallied round has been amazing and we are very grateful.

“We were initially provided with temporary storage space near our warehouse by a local company and then were able to utilise warehouse space at logistics company David Hathaway.”

But he said with big orders coming through, it would have been challenging if Colliers International had not brokered a deal for the Aztec West premises quickly.

Mr Pierce said: “Five years ago there would have been a choice of industrial property in Yate. Now there is nothing, so finding us a new warehouse that we could move into quickly was a huge achievement.”