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27th Jun, 2022

Worker still unaccounted for following massive Leamington factory fire

Ian Hughes 27th Aug, 2021 Updated: 28th Aug, 2021

SPECIALIST police are supporting the family of a worker unaccounted for following the massive factory fire in Leamington.

The man is an employee at Leeson Polyurethanes Ltd where the huge blaze broke out this morning.

Police earlier reported emergency services were “working hard” to locate him.

Plumes of thick black smoke billowed into the sky which could be seen for miles around the town.

There were also a number of explosions at the Juno Drive site – known locally as the ‘glue factory’ – which makes polyurethane adhesives and coatings.

There smoke covered a wide area and there is now concern about exactly what it contains. The Environment Agency has said it will be monitoring air quality closely over the coming days.

There have already been reports of charred lumps of what looked like polystyrene falling from the sky.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was contacted just after 10.30am and an ambulance, paramedic and Hazardous Area Response Team were at the scene.

Juno Drive, a cul-de-sac, is also home to the Government’s recently opened Covid-19 testing megalab. The ‘centrepiece’ of the UK’s NHS Test and Trace network, the laboratory uses cutting-edge technology to process Covid tests and detect new variants and new mutations.

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