3 taken to hospital after blaze at Axminster Carpets

A fire broke out at Britain's most famous carpet makers earlier today. Around 25 firefighters were involved in the incident at the firm's Devon headquarters.

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Firefighters tackle blaze at luxury carpet factory

Around 25 firefighters tackled blaze at Axminster Carpets in Devon Credit: ITV News West Country

Three people were treated in hospital yesterday (Tues) when a fire broke out at Britain's most famous carpet makers.

Around 25 firefighters battled the blaze at Axminster Carpets which has been weaving rugs for expensive hotels and royal residences since 1755.

The flames erupted on the ground floor of the firm's Devon HQ and several workers were rushed to hospital.

Axminster Carpets went into administration in March last year and 300 people lost their jobs.

However a consortium bought the company out and hired new workers after securing lucrative new orders.

They included making carpets for the US House of Representatives and a hotel owned by Donald Trump.

"The cause of the fire alarm activation was a fire which had broken out in one area of the plant.

"The cause is not yet known and will be investigated with the fire officer as soon as access is granted into the affected area.

"All staff were immediately evacuated from the site as soon as the alarm sounded.

"Three members of staff were taken to hospital, one suffered from a minor burn to his hand and the other two were checked for smoke inhalation as a precautionary measure.

"All three have been discharged from hospital."

– Axminster Carpets spokeperson

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