Fire at Horsham pharmaceutical giant

MORE than ten fire engines were called to Horsham pharmaceutical giant Novartis, Wimblehurst Road, after a blaze broke out on the third floor of a research laboratory.

West Sussex Fire Brigade arrived at the scene at 11.39am on Thursday August 11.

JPCT-04-08-11 SC11320030a Novartis fire, Horsham -photo by steve cobb

JPCT-04-08-11 SC11320030a Novartis fire, Horsham -photo by steve cobb

The fire is believed to have started in a fume cabinet before spreading throughout the room.

Emergency vehicles from Horsham, Crawley, Partridge Green, Storrington, Haywards Heath, Dorking, steyning, Horley, Worthing and Shoreham scrambled to the scene.

It took the services over seven hours to bring the inferno under control.

Crews used 36 sets of breathing apparatus, two hose reels, seven thermal imaging cameras and one aerial ladder platform.

No one was injured.

A report by the fire and rescue service revealed that 20 per cent of the laboratory was ‘severely damaged by fire’, while 100 per cent of the room was ‘severely damaged by smoke’.

The incident left 30 per cent of the entire building affected by smoke.