Fish Farmer

Fire badly damages Grimsby smokehouse

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A TRADITIONA­L Grimsby smoked fish house and fish merchants was seriously damaged by fire earlier this month.

Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the premises of Atkinsons Smoked Fish on the edge of Grimsby Docks more than a mile away. The company is one of the oldest traditiona­l smokehouse­s in the town and has an excellent reputation.

Workers were forced to leave the site as firemen, using a hydraulic platform, attempted to tackle the blaze, which was eventually brought under control.

The damage to the building appears extensive, with a large hole in the roof, but it is too early to know how soon the business will be up and running again.

An assessment of the damage will be carried out later. Some staff expressed fears for their jobs, at least in the short term as they watched the outbreak.

The cause is being investigat­ed but one theory is that the flames may have been fanned by high winds.

Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Mer- chants Associatio­n, said: ‘Our thoughts go out to Atkinsons at this time.

‘The only good thing is that no one was hurt and, hopefully, the firm can get back on its feet again.’

Atkinsons has been on the go since the early 1930s, started by Frank Atkinson. Local legend has it that he decided to go into the business after he won £25 on the horses.

 ??  ?? Above: Grimsby Docks
Above: Grimsby Docks

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