A Scotch egg and sandwich factory in South Yorkshire was ravaged by fire last night, prompting fears for the jobs of nearly 200 workers.

The blaze at Rotherham-based Dearne Valley Foods, which manufactures a variety of prepared foods, escalated following a fire in a fat fryer and went on to cause 80% damage to the plant, fire chiefs said.

A Dearne Valley Foods spokesman said the company had spoken to its 200 employees, as well as customers and suppliers, and announced it would shift some production to a smaller site nearby.

“We are currently assessing the damage caused by the fire,” said the spokesman. “We will brief our employees first when we know how we plan to move forward from here.”

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