Wednesday 7th May 2019
During an internal meeting around 12:30pm our team were promptly evacuated from the studio due to a huge fiery blaze from a nearby building.
A very bad – and rather nerve wracking – day at the office.
The Blayney HQ is situated within the Sywell Aerodrome, a local Northampton airfield that has just finished celebrating it’s 90th year of service. A huge landmark for our the town that we were privileged to be involved in, as producers of the 90th Anniversary Sywell Aerodrome magazine.
The fire continued to blaze throughout the afternoon, attracting the attention of many spectaters and local news outlets, who watched on as the Northants Fire department did their best to control the devastation.
As it stands, the cause of the fire is still yet to be confirmed. However, Chief fire officer Darren Dovey has confirmed that over 50 firefighters are still tackling the blaze at the Yusen Logistics factory (as of 17:25pm May 7th 2019).
For the time being, road closures remain in place, including:
- Glebe Road – shut at the junction with Wellingborough Road
- Holcot Lane – shut at the junction with Overstone Road
- Holcot Lane – shut at the junction with A43
- Sywell Road – shut at the junction with Overstone Road
- Church Lane – shut at the junction of Sywell Road
- Sywell Road – shut at the junction with Wellingborough Road
- Traffic management is in place at the junction of Sywell Road/Moonshine Gap
At this point it is unclear whether the studio will be accessible both today and tomorrow within our normal business hours, however we are still contactable via our website, social platforms and the following number 07973 909522.
Wednesday 8th May 2019
Firefighters still remain at the scene of the fire dealing with the aftermath of the disaster. The Northants fire service said damping down is continuing and people are advised to still keep doors and windows closed.
Chief fire officer, Darren Dovey, said the “damage was extensive” and it would be a while before the building could be accessed for investigation.