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Nettex company attempts to rebuild and help those affected by huge fire near Hoo Marina Park

A company is attempting to rebuild its manufacturing operations in the wake of a huge fire earlier this month.

Animal health and nutrition company Nettex has spoken out following the blaze on September 4, which destroyed an industrial unit at Hoo Marina and forced the evacuation of around 200 nearby residents and damaged neighbouring property.

Drone footage shows the scale of the fire. Photos from Kent Fire and Rescue Service
Drone footage shows the scale of the fire. Photos from Kent Fire and Rescue Service

An electrical fault in a fridge is thought to be the cause of the blaze, which caused explosions and sent balls of flame billowing into the sky as residents ran from their homes.

The fire also left some businesses without power, and a statement from Nettex's parent company, Rumenco, said those whose property was damaged should get in touch.

It said: "We are pleased to confirm that there were no personal injuries to company staff or neighbours during the fire on the 4th Sept however our manufacturing facility at Hoo Marina was completely destroyed and is no longer functional.

"There was also some damage to neighbouring properties and anyone affected should contact us so that we can advise how they should register their loss.

"This can be done by calling Laura Wise, Nettex’s communication liaison, on 07498 048068 or by emailing laura@abccomms.co.uk

"The company’s focus is now one of ‘business continuity’ and we are working hard to reinstate production in warehousing at Hoo, our other factories in the Midlands and third party manufacture.

"All permanent staff have been retained with some agreeing to temporarily transfer to our other sites.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kent emergency services for the expert manner in which they handled this very unfortunate situation."

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