THE laundry company which saw a factory burn to the ground has said it is launching its "disaster recovery and contingency plans" as it looks to bounce back.

In the early hours of Monday morning, a fire broke out at the CLEAN laundry site in Netherton Road, Ross-on-Wye, and the factory was completely destroyed by fire.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said the factory fire was tackled by crews, and 10 engines were there at the peak overnight.

The company says the cause is being investigated and it will be working with all the appropriate authorities to ensure that any lessons are learned, and any risks further reduced in the future.

Chief executive Kevin Godley said CLEAN, which works with businesses, would like to thank all the firefighters involved, and apologise to all local residents that may have been affected by the disruption caused as a result of the fire.

"Our priority has been to provide all the support necessary for any colleagues affected, and to inform our customers serviced by the site," he said.

"Unfortunately, although the fire service arrived quickly, the situation could not be contained rendering the laundry inoperable."

"We at CLEAN are now implementing our disaster recovery and contingency plans."

All linen and towelling will be taken over by other laundries, meaning after some disruption, service was back to normal today (Tuesday).

Employees have been offered alternative work and the firm is operating a bus service for our colleagues in production so they can work at other CLEAN laundry sites.

"Our delivery fleet was unaffected by the fire and therefore drivers and their vehicles will continue to service our customers as normal," he added.

Taken over by Alsco in May 2018, CLEAN says it prides itself in offering a high-quality product range and customer-focused service to its portfolio of more than 5,500 businesses, ranging from independently-run organisations to leading global brands.