James Lincoln, managing director of Royal Jersey, has assured his clients that things are going as usual as the company's disaster plan comes into effect following a serious fire at its Dagenham facility.
Lincoln used social media to say, “On Friday, May 21st, our company suffered a serious fire that seriously damaged our building and infrastructure. .
“We implemented our disaster plan immediately and restored all laundry services for our customers so that everything ran as usual.
“While our main buildings will be out of service for a few months, we're going to be rebuilding bigger, better, and stronger than ever. So check out this room as we share our journey back to full strength!
"We suffered a major fire in the past when we were bombed several times during World War II and that didn't stop us and you'd better believe it wasn't."
Royal Jersey is a commercial laundry service serving the laundry needs of some of the top 5 star hotels in London and its home countries seven days a week. With a customer base of less than 100 luxury hotels and spas whose businesses are focused on delivering a first class guest experience to a very discerning, temporary audience of international customers.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said in their incident report that 15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to a fire in the Royal Jersey Laundry on Selinas Lane in Dagenham, North London. The brigade was called up at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 21, and the fire was under control until 2:21 p.m. LFB reported, “Most of the first and second floors of a two-story warehouse were damaged by fire, and half of the roof was also damaged by the fire. There were no reports of injuries. "
According to LFB, the fire was discovered by an employee who was working opposite the construction site and heard an alarm and a bang and saw a glow from the roof. Then he made the first call to the brigade.
The brigade's fire investigators believe the fire was accidental, caused by self-heating laundry that was contaminated with oil and had recently been washed, dried and stacked. "These types of fires are often textiles contaminated with oils such as flaxseed, massage and cooking oil," the LFB report said.