Media Briefing Document
14th July 2014
Industrial fire at Nu-Pro Limited, London Road, Stroud
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What happened?
An industrial fire broke out at Nu-Pro Limited’s Griffin Mill site in Thrupp on London Road near Stroud on the night of Wednesday the
9th of July 2014 at approximately 20.20 BST.
2. Was anyone in the building at the time the fire broke out?
There was no one in the building at the time the fire broke out. The site operates during day time hours only between 7.30 am and
6.00 pm. On the evening of Wednesday the 9th of July 2014, the building was locked up at approximately 18.00 and it is estimated
the fire started at approximately 20.20 BST.
3. How many people were employed at the Griffin Mill site and also how many are employed at the Eagle Works site?
Nu-Pro Limited employs 127 staff in total. There were four members of staff located at the Griffin Mill site and the remaining 123
members of staff are situated at the Eagle Works site.
4. What work was carried out at the Griffin Mill site?
The Griffin Mill site is involved in chemical milling for the aerospace and oil & gas industries.
5. How long has Nu-Pro had the Griffin Mill site?
Nu-Pro has operated at the Griffin Mill since the 1st of January 2005.
6. Does Nu-Pro own the Griffin Mill site or was it rented?
Nu-Pro rents the Griffin Mill site.
7. What chemicals were stored there? (There is speculation that cadmium was stored there)
Nu-Pro can confirm that cadmium has never been stored or used at Griffin Mill. The company operates extremely robust and stringent
health and safety procedures and has strict environmental policies in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all its employees,
contractors as well as local businesses and the surrounding environment.
8. What is the situation with the staff – have they been given work at the Eagle Works site?
There were only four employees based at the Griffin Mill site. These members of staff have been redeployed at the Eagle Works site.
9. What was the cause of the fire?
The cause of the fire is, at this stage, unknown and is under investigation.
10. How did the company contact staff?
All staff were briefed by either directors, managers or team leaders of the company on the phone or in person.
11. Is there an estimate on the cost of the damage?
There is currently no estimate on the cost of the damage at this early stage in the investigations.
12. What will happen to the Griffin Mill site (we have heard it needs to be demolished because of the chemical contamination)?
Due to the severity of the fire and the fact that the structure of the building was severely damaged and is now deemed unsafe, the
building will need to be demolished and re-built. While there is a small amount of chemical residue remaining in the building, this will
be cleaned up following permission to enter the site and there will be no medium to long term contamination; as previously stated by
the Environment Agency.
13. The company may also like to clarify when the last fire inspection, etc. was carried out and what fire safety
precautions/equipment was in place at the site.
Nu-Pro carries out continuous safety checks across its business; in line with its integrated Health & Safety policy. Under English Law
and as a supplier to the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, Nu-Pro is required to demonstrate that its operations are run at the
highest levels with regards to Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental requirements.
Fire prevention is taken extremely seriously and all the necessary fire risk assessments, inspections, procedures and equipment were in
place and up-to-date at the time of the incident. Fire alarms and emergency evacuation procedures are tested regularly and Nu-Pro
maintains close contact and has a good working relationship with the Fire Service.
14. What happens next?
Nu-Pro will continue to cooperate fully with all regulatory authorities to understand why the incident occurred and will be conducting an
independent review. The company will continue to monitor the situation in the aftermath of the incident and will strive to keep its
employees, contractors, clients and the local community informed of any further developments.
Notes to Editors
For any further information, please contact Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, Trailblazer PR, Telephone: 01453 887 777, Mobile: 07971 989 173,