Teenager, 19, dies more than three months after he suffered serious injuries in fire at defence pyrotechnics factory in Derbyshire
- The man, 19, was hurt after a fire at the PW Defence factory in Draycott, Derbys
A teenager has died more than three months after a fire at a defence pyrotechnics factory.
The 19-year-old died on Thursday last week after the blaze at the PW Defence factory in Draycott, Derbyshire, on the evening of January 20 this year.
The fire resulted in two men being taken to hospital and several emergency service vehicles, a Hazardous Area Response Team and the air ambulance attending the scene.
A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesperson said on Tuesday: ‘Emergency services were called to a business in Wilne Road just after 9.10pm on Friday 20 January.
‘A 19-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital. He died on Thursday May 11.
PW Defence, pictured, was bought by WesCom Defence, based in Havant, Hampshire, in February 2021
‘Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary are working in conjunction with colleagues from the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the circumstances of the incident and the Coroner has been informed.’
PW Defence was bought by WesCom Defence, based in Havant, Hampshire, in February 2021.
The WesCom website says that the company provides ‘specialist pyrotechnics for signalling, illumination, screening and for battlefield training and simulation, obstacle clearance systems and civil defence and security’.
Derbyshire Police, pictured, confirmed the sad news that the teenager had now died today
The products made at the factory, and the circumstances of the fire, have not yet been disclosed.
The Health and Safety Executive, Ministry of Defence and WesCom Defence have been approached for comment.
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