HEINEKEN has provided a statement after fire crews were called to its Hereford factory.

Four fire engines - two from Hereford and two from Ross-on-Wye – plus the environmental protection unit from Tenbury Wells - were called to the Plough Lane site shortly before 5pm yesterday (March 21)  after receiving reports of a hazardous materials incident.

Staff were immediately evacuated, who, along with the nightshift workers who later arrived to start their work, had to wait in the car park while the incident was dealt with.


With two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, a spill was diluted by fire service personnel and contained in an onsite effluent tank.

Hereford Times: A fire appliance at HeinekenA fire appliance at Heineken (Image: Paul Rogers/Hereford Times)

Staff were eventually allowed back in at at around 6.50pm, with fire crews leaving the scene shortly after 7.15pm. 

Hereford Times: Staff waiting in the car parkStaff waiting in the car park (Image: Paul Rogers/Hereford Times)

A Heineken UK spokesperson said: “There was an isolated incident at our Hereford site on March 21.

"Nobody was injured. In line with our incident response protocols, the emergency services attended and we thank them for their swift response.”