Crews tackle Bulwell coffin factory fire

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze which broke out at a coffin factory in Nottingham.

Crews were called to Crazy Coffins in Bulwell at about 1200 BST where they found a large fire, which is believed to have started in the spray shop.

A number of loud bangs have been heard and a nearby doctor's surgery had to be evacuated.

It is not yet known what started the fire but there are no reports of any injuries.

Crazy Coffins build bespoke coffins in a range of personal designs from cork screws to Viking boats.

The coffins are usually made from medium density fibreboard and flexi-ply and cost between £800 and £5,000.

Image caption People can commission their own designs, which cost up to £5,000 to build

'Loud bangs'

Paul Fisher, who has worked at Crazy Coffins for more than 30 years, said he was hoping the factory could be rebuilt.

"I was in the machine shop when I heard the fire alarm," said Mr Fisher.

"I thought it was a practice run but came outside and heard the crackling of the roof going up and heard quite a few loud bangs.

"I'm not sure what started it but there are lots of lacquers in the spray shop but there are no machines in there. It's for the fire brigade to sort out now."

A number of roads in the Hempshill Road area were closed as firefighters tried to bring the blaze under control.

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