Firefighters battling large fire at Walkers Crisp factory as staff evacuated after site filled with smoke
- Firefighters were called to the Walkers Crisps factory in Leicester at 10.45am
- Workers were evacuated from the factory after smoke filled the building
- It is feared the fire broke out in the roof of the iconic Leicester building
Firefighters are battling to save the Walkers Crisps Factory in Leicestershire which caught fire earlier today.
Staff at the facility were evacuated after they saw smoke inside the massive building.
Leicester Fire and Rescue sent nine crews from fire stations across the city and county to battle the blaze.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue deployed nine units to the Walkers Crisps factory in Leicester this morning after receiving reports that the building’s roof caught fire
The Walkers Crisps factory in Leicester has been evacuated following reports of a fire
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue deployed nine units to the scene after the alert was raised at 10.45am
Officers saw the fire on the building’s roof and used specialist equipment to battle the blaze.
According Leicestershire Live, the alert was raised shortly before 10:45am.
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service said: ‘We received a call from the site stating that the factory filling with smoke, with the roof possibly on fire.’
A spokesperson for Walkers Crisps said: ‘Our Bursom Road site in Leicester was safely evacuated this morning due to a fire on the roof of the building.
‘The fire has now been brought under control and the fire brigade remains on site as a precautionary measure.
‘Everybody on site has been accounted for.’