Dereham factory fire caused £410,000 worth of damage, say Norfolk police

PUBLISHED: 15:26 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:34 24 March 2014

Midas Mouldings in Dereham, where firefighters fought a blaze on Saturday night. Picture: Ian Burt

Midas Mouldings in Dereham, where firefighters fought a blaze on Saturday night. Picture: Ian Burt

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Arsonists are believed to have caused nearly half a million pounds worth of damage to a Dereham factory, according to police.

Emergency services were called to Midas Mouldings’ factory on Charles Wood Road at the Rash’s Green Industrial Estate after a fire broke out at about 9.15pm on Saturday.

Fire crews from Dereham, Watton, Hingham and Wymondham plus various specialist appliances were sent to the scene.

It is thought the fire started in two offices.

Norfolk police and the fire service confirmed they were treating the blaze as arson. Meanwhile, the site, which moulds and finishes wood for a variety of uses including picture frames for its sister company Wessex Pictures, was closed pending the police investigation.

A Norfolk police spokesman said the fire is thought to have cost £410,000 worth of damage.

He said: “Hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage has been caused. Two items of machinery have been damaged beyond repair, they were worth £200,000 each and there has been £10,000 worth of damage to the building.”

A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the matter has now been handed over to the police for investigation.

No one from the company would comment.

Midas Mouldings, dubbed as the manufacturers of fine English mouldings, is part of the New Forest-based Wessex Group, together with nearby Wessex Pictures.

Anyone who has any relevant information about the fire is asked to call Norfolk police on 101.

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