Well-known Billund sausage factory burns to the ground

Production facilities a total write-off

The manufacturing plant at Aalbæk Specialiteter in Billund –  a well-known producer of the Danish sausage spegepølse – burned to the ground last night.

Firefighters battled the blaze throughout the evening and night after the building caught fire at about 4pm yesterday. The fire was declared out as of 7am, but firefighters remained on the scene.

“They will probably be at hand for a while,” Southeast Jutland Police spokesperson Kristian Juliussen told BT.

The fire burned the production unit to the ground, but the storage and administration buildings escaped unscathed.

Cause being investigated
There were no staff present at the factory when the fire started yesterday after noon. Police speculate that the fire may have occurred in connection with the production of smoked fish or was perhaps caused by a wiring malfunction.

“This is all just conjecture right now.” said Juliussen. “It will have to be investigated further.”

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At its peak, authorities deemed the smoke from the fire “harmful” and warned nearby residents to avoid inhaling it.