|The Rushden Echo, 18th June 1965, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Coach firm blaze Work Under Way Again
Fears that a fire at Nene Valley Coachworks Ltd, the Rushden caravan builders, would cause long-term production delays and the possible temporary lay-off of one or two workmen, proved unfounded, thanks to quick work by a local building firm.
The fire broke out suddenly in the spray and furniture assembly shop and within seconds the flames were licking their way through the roof.
Tenders from Rushden, Wellingborough and Irthlingborough, and over twenty firemen, fought the flames. Workmen formed a human chain to try to salvage caravan furniture.
Mr. Keith Pidcock, 5 Edward Close, Kettering, received minor burns to both arms. He received first-aid and was able to continue working.
Fortunately, the firemen were able to control the blaze in good time, helped by a partition which prevented the flames from spreading too quickly. Although the roof was severely affected, most of the damage was confined to one end of the building.
Within hours, Arthur Sanders Ltd, Rushden, builders and civil engineering contractors, had been called in. By Tuesday the shop was almost back to full production.
On Tuesday Mr. J. F. Goodliffe, general manager of Nene Valley Coach Works, told the “Echo” that he hoped to be back in full production within 48 hours.
“Sanders really pulled something out for us,” said Mr. Goodliffe.
He also praised the work of the Modern Electric Company, which rewired the premises.