Hundreds of employees evacuated as fire rips through Shimano factory and headquarters in Japan

20 fire engines needed to tackle the blaze

200 employees had to be evacuated as a fire ripped through a manufacturing facility at Shimano's headquarters in Japan on Monday.

According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, the fire started at around 1.45pm local time (5.45am BST) and appears to have started in an area of the factory where components are anodised to prevent them suffering corrosion and wear.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.