A fire at Western Australian fibreglass swimming pool manufacturer Aquatic Leisure Technologies’ Welshpool factory on Thursday morning saw the evacuation of approximately 100 staff and the closure of surrounding roads.
Witnesses said the evacuation was orderly. No-one was injured in the blaze and all employees have been accounted for.
Alarms were sounded and black smoke billowed over Welshpool until the fire was extinguished by approximately 40 firefighters and 10 trucks from WA Fire & Emergency Services.
The cause of the fire is not know at this time, but an investigation is underway.
Executive director, Lynley Papineau says that after being granted access to the factory to assess the area, they have discovered the damage to the production facility is less than they first thought.
“The fire was contained to one production hall,” she says. “We hope to have manufacturing up and running early next week in the second production hall after some minor smoke damage is cleared. The office and storage yard have not been affected. What is most important is that no one was injured during the fire and everyone on site was evacuated promptly.”
Papineau says they have a significant number of pools already manufactured and ready for scheduled installation over the next few weeks and those installations will continue as planned.
“We expect minimal impact to our customers,” she says.
An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the fire as well as a full damage assessment on the area concerned. An environmental assessment has been completed with no impact reported.
The office building located next to the factory has been re-opened and business is proceeding as usual. ALT’s nine metropolitan display centres are open as normal.
Director Ben Beale says all customers are being contacted to discuss their installation, and praises Fire & Emergency Services which brought the blaze under control.
“It is a credit to the firemen that the blaze was contained and we can’t thank them enough for their efforts,” he says.
He also thanks friends, suppliers and the swimming pool industry for their encouragement and assistance.