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Louth printing firm gutted by fire expects repair bill costing millions

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: February 13, 2013

DEVASTATED:  Owner of Mono-Poly Printers Ltd, Neville Barker, is counting the cost of a fire which devastated his factory earlier this week.

DEVASTATED: Owner of Mono-Poly Printers Ltd, Neville Barker, is counting the cost of a fire which devastated his factory earlier this week.

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THE owner of a Louth printing firm says it will cost millions of pounds to get his factory up and running again after it was gutted by fire.

Neville Barker, who owns Mono-Poly Printers Ltd, on Bolingbroke Road, is counting the cost of the blaze, which broke out at 9.20am on Sunday.

Spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Martin Gray confirmed that ten crews attended the scene to bring the flames under control, after three reinforcements from Humberside Fire and Rescue were called in to help.

Mr Gray said: "It was believed the blaze had started as a result of ink vapours being ignited by an electric motor in the printing unit, causing 100 per cent damage to the building.

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Mr Barker said the incident had left him devastated, but added he was glad no one was hurt as a result of the blaze.

He said: "I have no idea how long it will be until my business is back up and running.

"My biggest worry is we will lose customers as we are unable to do any work."

According to Mr Barker, two of the printing machines damaged in the fire alone will cost around one million pounds each to replace.

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