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Blaze-hit Rawdon firm pledges no job losses will result
A Rawdon company that suffered a devastating blaze on Friday has pledged that no job losses will result.
Up to 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at Airedale International Air Conditioning – and their efforts have also been praised by company bosses.
Managing director Clive Parkman said everything was being done to return the company to normal operations and although the majority of staff based at its Leeds Road premises have been told to stay off work until instructed, it was still very much open for business.
He said: “We are firmly committed to our employees, customers, suppliers and local residents, and are doing everything in our power to return to normal operations as quickly as possible.
"We are extremely proud of our very loyal and highly skilled workforce and I would like to reassure them that there will be no job losses as a result of the fire.”
A detailed probe into what caused the fire, which broke out in the early afternoon, is continuing.
Mr Parkman added: “Airedale is extremely grateful that due to early intervention, the fire service has been able to save sizeable parts of the premises.
“Airedale is working with the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service to ascertain the cause of the fire by way of a robust and thorough investigation."
The company employs nearly 400 staff and is the UK's largest chiller manufacturer and a leading UK provider of air conditioning and data centre cooling systems.
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