Andreas Schmid, partner and co-director of Spyk Bänder AG, also lives in Herznach and has been at the fireplace since the early morning hours. The events of the night are a huge shock to him, he says. "It is a nightmare when your own company is burning," says Schmid. "The worst thing is that someone has lost his life."
On Monday afternoon, fatality – the police currently expects suicide from a company employee – is unidentified. According to Andreas Schmid, an old employee is missing and her family is looked after by a care team. "The woman was a popular and valuable employee," says Schmid. "She was important to the company."
Since 1914 the Spyk-band AG exists. Originally, the company was based in Basel, since 1923 it has been located in Herznach, where it could take over the construction of a disused belt factory. Exactly this building from 1872 is now hit by the fire. According to the co-managing director, these are mainly offices and part of the warehouse. As Schmid continues, the demolition work is already underway on the roof truss. "What was stored in this building is now useless."
Resume production soon
The warehouse and the production of raw materials are housed in other buildings. Yesterday afternoon there were still visits and meetings. "If it comes from the power supply, we might be able to resume production on Tuesday," says Schmid. From an economic point of view, it is also important to be able to produce again quickly, he emphasizes. "Customers are waiting for deliveries."
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However, the human aspect must not be neglected. The management is also looking for an interview with the approximately 50 employees. "We want to make clear whether employees can work again on a Tuesday," Schmid said. The meeting also has a care team on site. "We are all worried about death."