Explosions reported at scene of Leamington Spa fire

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image captionThe fume tin beryllium seen billowing supra the Parade successful Leamington Spa

Firefighters are tackling a blaze astatine an concern premises wherever explosions and a strong, chemic odor person been reported.

A immense plume of heavy achromatic fume tin beryllium seen billowing from a tract successful Juno Drive, Leamington Spa.

Properties adjacent the roadworthy are being evacuated and radical surviving with 70m of the tract person been urged to support doors and windows shut.

One nonmigratory said she kept proceeding "small explosions".

Anna Harrington-Ridley was walkling to enactment successful adjacent Whitnash erstwhile she archetypal saw the fume astatine astir 10.30 BST.

The roadworthy had not yet been closed, she said, and she "kept proceeding tiny explosions".

"I saw a small plume of fume and thought it mightiness beryllium the allotments but it rapidly got a batch darker and a batch bigger successful the abstraction of astir 2 minutes and I realised it was decidedly thing a spot much serious," she said.

"I was stood down determination astatine the extremity of the roadworthy that has been blocked disconnected and you could spot the monolithic plume of smoke, determination was fire, explosions, each sorts of things."

She added determination is besides a "strong chemic smell" coming from the fire.

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image captionPublic Health England is advising residents to support their doors and windows closed.

Kevin Leeson, from Leamington Spa, said helium had been moving from location erstwhile helium noticed the entity had turned precise grey.

"I saw immoderate station successful the section Facebook group...and erstwhile I walked to the backmost I could spot this monolithic plume of grey fume floating over," helium said.

He said helium had been capable to spot the occurrence for astir an hr (since astir 11:00) and it did not look to beryllium abating.

Fire engines person been sent to the scene, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said and constabulary are besides astatine the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was besides called astatine 10:38 BST and 1 ambulance, a paramedic serviceman and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) astatine the scene.

image sourceKevin Hughes

image captionRoad closures person been enactment successful place

Warwickshire Fire are dealing with a ample gathering occurrence successful the Leamington area. Local residents advised to support doors and windows closed and a minimum 100 metres distant from the incident.

— Warwickshire FRS #StayAlertToStaySafe (@WarksFireRescue) August 27, 2021

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