A historic paper mill says it suffered ‘extensive damage’ after a large fire broke out – and it’s uncertain whether its machines survived.
Firefighters were rushed to an industrial unit in Apsley after receiving numerous calls around 3.30pm on Saturday about smoke in the area.
A photo taken from the air showed at least seven fire engines lined up near the Frogmore paper mill with smoke billowing from the site.
The fire has since been brought under control and extinguished, but crews remained on site throughout the evening.
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Simon Tunhill, deputy fire chief of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, posted photos of firefighters battling the blaze on Twitter.
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He said: “Bravo to all the crews at yesterday’s big fire at Frogmore Paper Mill in #HemelHempstead. They worked incredibly hard to save as much of the building and its historic contents as possible.
Well done to all the crews during yesterday’s big fire at Frogmore Paper Mill in #HemelHempstead. They have worked incredibly hard to salvage the building and its historic contents as much as possible. pic.twitter.com/S9zS1SNUFF
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Le Moulin, home to the world’s oldest mechanical paper mill, announced today (Sunday) that it will be closed to visitors ‘until further notice’ following the fire.
It’s unclear if its paper machines survived, but the mill hopes they did.
He said in a statement on Facebook: “Fortunately no one was injured in the fire, but the mill visitor center was badly damaged.
“We are in the process of assessing the damage to the site and our collection, and we hope that our historic paper machines have survived.
“We are extremely grateful for the rapid response of the Hertfordshire fire and rescue services and their work in bringing the blaze under control. We are working with the police and fire department to help determine the cause of the fire.