FIRE crews had to halt trains on a near-by railway line as they battled a massive blaze in Rotherham.
Up to 60 firefighters fought the blaze at Envelope Master's factory, on Aldwarke Lane, after the alarm was raised at 10.41pm last night.
Night shift staff were evacuated safely and although the building was destroyed, firefighters have been praised for saving the neighbouring Candle Craft and Tech Spray premises just five metres away.
Station manager Rick Rolt said: “When I arrived I thought there was no way they would save those buildings but they did. There are people going to work in them this morning.
“I’d give massive praise to the crews, who have done incredibly well. Those neighbouring buildings suffered only minor damage, such as fascia damage.”
At the height of the blaze there were ten fire appliances, twoaerial ladder platforms and a number of supporting vehicles on site, but by 4.30am that had been scaled down to five appliances.
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An investigation was due to start this morning.
Envelope Master manufacturers envelopes and bubble-wrap.
A statement posted onthe company's website today said: “The Envelopemaster store is closed
“We are extremely saddened to announce the destruction of our premises due to a fire on 10th January 2012 at approx 22.40pm.
“We are very grateful that our safety procedures allowed all our employees to leave safely and unharmed with no injuries incurred.
“At this moment in time we have no idea as to the cause of the fire.
“We remain committed to offering our customers the best possible service and products on the market.
“Please bear with us at this exceptionally difficult time until we are able to restore communication lines.
“We will make further announcements in due course.”