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Fire at Vion Haverhill plant

A fire has caused minor disruption at Vion's Haverhill plant. Early reports have suggested extensive smoke damage following the discovery of a fire in the cooked ham sector of the facility.

Rob Smith, group communications controller for Vion, said: "The fire was discovered in a production area following a routine engineering inspection, the fire brigade attended and concluded the situation quickly.

"No-one was hurt in the incident and plans were quickly put into place to transfer the affected production to another part of the site. We are co-operating with the authorities in an investigation of the fire."

He said the damage was largely caused by smoke from the fire and production suffered only minor disruption.