Delpierre keen to recommence production after fire destroys part of sushi factory

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Fire burnt down part of the building last Wednesday.

Part of French Delpierre’s sushi factory in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the north coast of France went up in flames last Wednesday, with firefighters tacking the fire from the early hours, according to Lavoixdunord.

The fire did not cause any casualties or injuries but the cause of it is yet unknown. By 2.30 pm, the fire had been put out but part of area – a major seafood hub in France – was closed to traffic.

“The fire could be from a room at the company where are stored packaging and cartons,” said site director Cédric Fontaine. “It’s the plastic packaging that explains this black smoke.”

The Delpierre plant employs a hundred people. It is unclear whether all of the company’s employees will be made redundant.

Last Thursday Delpierre proceeded to evaluate the damage. “We are waiting to see what the experts say to assess exactly their magnitude, but for now, it is difficult to decide,” wrote the company. “The production lines are unavailable for an indeterminate time.”

According to sources from Lavoixdudord, the priority of the Labeyrie group is to restart production as soon as possible.