It was after midnight on 21 February 2018 the fire broke out in an electrical cabinet, where combustible gases accumulated and were eventually combusted due to an electrical spark. The fire then spread to the adjacent ceiling. As the fire broke out in the middle of the night, it is estimated that the fire raged for some two hours before firefighters arrived.
The fire broke out in the production hall. Once the fire had taken a grip on the ceiling, the fire was difficult to extinguish. The ensuing smouldering fire continued for many days, and parts of the roof had to be torn down to ensure that the fire did not continue to spread over the 4000-square metre ceiling and roof.
From a risk perspective, the production hall did not contain any dangerous fire risks – not even to a trained risk engineer's analytical eye. However, as an insurer, we know that fire is always a risk, and this of course includes Hörle's production hall.
Hörle Wire AB
Hörle Wire AB produces steel wire, but not just any steel wire. This is steel wire, and steel plates, for many parts of industry. It is B2B, and types of industries span from the energy sector, to furniture (e.g. for a large Swedish international furniture company), to the kitchen appliance industry, toys, coat hangers, and locks. Many large international and national companies depend on deliveries of the products that Hörle Wire AB produces.
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