Fire fighters rushed to battle a fire that broke out at Tangerine Confectionery’s factory located at an industrial estate on Low Poppleton Lane in York on Monday, 31 October.

The fire started around 20:00. However, the fire which was reportedly triggered by a defective component on a sugar boiling machine was already out by the time the fire crews got to the scene.  They used a CO2 extinguisher for cooling the equipment before they left.

Sugar Boiling Machine

The company makes iconic British confectionery brands including Dip Dab and Refreshers and popcorn brand Butterkist.

Tangerine has five factories in Blackpool, Cleckheaton, Liverpool, Pontefract, and York where more than 1000 people work.

According to a spokesman from the firm, a tiny amount of smoke was seen coming from a motor close to one of the production plants and immediately the factory’s fire officers took the necessary action. The site was evacuated as a precautionary measure and also in keeping with Company procedures before the Fire Service was called.

The workers were allowed to go back to work after the scene of the incident was quickly confirmed as safe.