The boss of a Leeds engineering firm which was hit by a massive fire today said the company is still open for business - and reassured workers they still have jobs to go to once the aftermath of the blaze is dealt with.
Scores of firefighters spent several hours fighting the blaze at Airedale International Air Conditioning’s site in Rawdon, Leeds Road on Friday.
Huge plumes of smoke were seen across the city skyline, and the A65 was closed for several hours while emergency services dealt with the blaze.
The site was quickly evacuated and there were no injuries.
Investigations into the cause were still continuing last night, and a solitary fire engine remained at the scene as West Yorkshire Fire Service finished up damping down the site.
Employees at the firm, meanwhile, have been told not to come into work this week unless contacted directly.
The firm’s managing director, Clive Parkman, said: “We are doing everything in our power to return to normal operations as quickly as possible. I would like to thank everyone for the support they have shown us during this difficult time.
“We are extremely proud of our very loyal and highly skilled workforce and I would like to reassure them that there will be no job losses as a result of the fire.”
A statement from the firm added that “sizeable parts of the premises” and, crucially, all its information systems were unharmed and still accessible.
“Airedale expects to return to normal operating conditions within a rapid timeframe and wish to emphasise that field-based service and controls operations will be unaffected,” the statement added. “We are still open for business.
“Whilst the most critical areas of production have not been affected, contingency arrangements are being made for the main factory, warehouse and office operations”.