SCA Timber Supply says it’s business as usual despite a fire at its Stoke-on-Trent premises on Friday that could have threatened customers’ supply.

Quick action by SCA supervisor and colleague Andy Williams ensured that all colleagues were safe and machinery was promptly shut down.

Investment in sprinkler systems several years ago proved invaluable as the fire, which started in a planing machine, was down to the embers by the time the fire service arrived. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

All other machinery at Stoke was undamaged, and SCA says this, together with a temporary shift of some lines to production at SCA Welshpool, means “uninterrupted service to SCA’s builders merchants and DIY chain customers”.

SCA Timber Supply managing director Rob Simpson said the incident involved a planing machine producing PAR and mouldings for the Builders merchants and DIY sectors. “Our staff were brilliant and enacted all our safety procedures responsibly, keeping themselves and their colleagues safe,” he said.

“We’ve already been able to ramp up capacity at SCA Welshpool to fulfil demand so there are no problems in meeting orders.”