Following the news that Goodyear Dunlop UK’s Tyre Fort UK headquarters building suffered a fire yesterday, a company spokesperson has confirmed that there were no casualties and given further details.
According to Goodyear Dunlop, staff immediately activated the firm’s business contingency procedures following the fire. Also, while offices in the building are shared with DHL, who used to run Goodyear Dunlop’s third party operation from the warehousing space adjacent to Tyre Fort’s offices, the fire did not spread as far as the warehouse which currently houses non-tyre car parts. This is significant because Goodyear Dunlop’s tyre stocks are held in another facility 40 miles away, meaning there should not be any disruption to Goodyear Dunlop’s customers
However, with 100 firefighters required to tackle the blaze, it was clearly a serious fire. Goodyear Dunlop representatives did not offer an explanation for the fire or any estimates of when the building would be repaired or at what cost. Indeed none of the sales, marketing, management and administration staff that would normally work in the building are on-site the day after the fire, while bosses waiting for the final safety verdict from West Midlands Fire Service. Instead staff are said to be working remotely as part of the aforementioned contingency plans.