Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Update on Ravensdown Hornby fire
We have worked with the emergency services at our manufacturing facility in Christchurch and the fire has now been brought under control.
The fire at our Hornby plant in Christchurch is out and the operation now moves from response to making safe and inspection.
The intake is badly damaged, but manufacturing and despatch operations seem undamaged. We will be working with our farmer shareholders to minimise disruption.
“All staff are safe and no injuries have been reported,” said Greg Campbell, chief executive of Ravensdown.
Fifty-seven people work at the plant. Emergency services are currently in attendance.
“The fire started at the eastern end of our storage store but it’s too early to know the cause. We will be working closely with an investigation team to identify the cause.”
“Our staff have been outstanding and have followed our procedures to ensure the site is safe for the emergency response team. I also want to thank emergency services for their response.”
“We acknowledge any inconvenience to our neighbours and we’d like to thank the well-wishers for their support.”
Campbell said Ravensdown was already working with its customers and transporters to keep them informed and help them with alternative supply options.
Ravensdown has operated at the 14 hectare Main South Road site since 1922.
“We encourage our customers and neighbours to refer to the Ravensdown Facebook page and follow any guidance from the emergency services.”
Thanks again to the emergency services for an outstanding effort and apologies to the local community affected by the incident.