Fire sparks Sanitarium factory evacuation

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Auckland, New Zealand

The Sanitarium factory in Auckland was evacuated this morning after a fire broke out in one of the production lines.

We’re pleased to report that all staff members are safe and accounted for, which is most important thing.

According to The New Zealand Herald, fire crews spent more than an hour containing the blaze, which began just before 9 am.

“We’re pleased to report that all staff members are safe and accounted for, which is most important thing,” said Sanitarium National Category Development manager Mark Roper.

An initial damage assessment has linked the fire to the oven-exhausts in the cornflake production line.

While it is still too early to estimate the cost of the damages, the health-food company doesn’t expect the fire to have a major impact on supplies.

“The other lines were not affected,” said Mr Roper. “Our expectation at this stage is to have the them up and running in 48 hours. It will be business as usual.”