Fire crews attend the incident at Advanced Protective Packaging's factory

A large fire has destroyed Advanced Protective Packaging’s factory in Shoeburyness (Southend), UK.

Started accidentally by a machine used for cutting polystyrene, the fire yesterday morning ripped through the industrial building and quickly consumed the 400 sq m facility.

By late afternoon yesterday, the Essex County Fire & Rescue crew was able to scale down its response, although by this point the roof of the building had collapsed. All hotspots within the building were reported as fully extinguished by this morning.

Advanced Protective Packaging was established in 1986 and set up in Manchester, UK a year later. It acquired PK Sanders in Southend in 1999. The company makes products including Nomafoam, Zotefoam and extruded polystyrene.