Fire destroys Dowty Propeller Site

GE Aviation lose $260million in Gloucestershire propeller factory fire

Dowty Propellers – Site at Staverton, Gloucester destroyed by fire in February 2015

Overview

On the 5th February 2015, 80 firefighters attended a large blaze which destroyed 80% of Dowty’s propeller factory in Staverton, Gloucestershire.

The blaze began in the roof space of the facility, where propeller systems for aircraft are made.

The damage is estimated to have caused a $260 million loss for the parent company, GE Aviation.

Facts

  • 80 firefighters , four fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms attended the incident
  • Crews used nine water jets and two water monitors to tackle the fire

Impact/disruption (business, local & community)

80% of the factory building was severely damaged by the fire causing significant financial loss.

The factory’s main production line was destroyed by the fire, so alternative premises needed to be found and 65% of staff were redeployed.

Twenty-nine staff were evacuated from the site and no one was injured.

Road closures caused traffic disruption.

 

Dowty Propellers - Site at Staverton, Gloucester destroyed by fire in February 2015
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Dowty Propellers - Site at Staverton, Gloucester destroyed by fire in February 2015
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