Fire at Hotpoint Factory in Peterborough

Added: 31st August 2019

Whirlpool said a fire at its Hotpoint factory in Peterborough will not have any impact on its ability “to fulfil its commitments to its trade partners and consumers”.

More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out at 6:45pm on Thursday August 29, in an outdoor area where heavy goods vehicle trailers containing spare parts were parked. As it spread, approximately 20 trailers were destroyed.

The fire was brought under control by 9pm and police remained at the site overnight. Police and fire services have launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.

In a statement, Hotpoint owner Whirlpool said: “Whirlpool would like to reassure everyone that nobody has been injured in this incident and that none of the buildings on the site in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, have been affected.

“Operations resumed as normal at the site on the morning of Friday, August 30 and the incident will not have any impact on our ability to fulfil our commitments to our trade partners and consumers.”

The blaze was attended by firefighting crews from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

Whirlpool said it would like to extend its most sincere thanks to all the emergency services who attended and assisted in tackling the incident, including police, fire and ambulance crews. 

It also apologised to people living and working in the area for any disruption caused.

The Peterborough site is Whirlpool’s UK headquarters and comprises its head offices and call centres, as well as logistics, training and workshop facilities. 

Around 1,000 of Whirlpool’s 2,500 UK workforce are based at the site in Morley Way.

The blaze comes just weeks after Whirlpool announced a recall of half a million tumble dryers which are at risk of catching fire. 

Picture courtesy of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.