A massive fire has broken out in west Oxfordshire with reports of “50ft flames and explosions”.
The blaze, which is thought to have started at a car scrap in Witney, has led to people being evacuated from their homes.
Twitter A large fire involving vehicles and fuel at a breakers’ yard has led to homes being evacuated and roads closed
Plumes of thick, dark smoke have been visible over the town – David Cameron’s former constituency – since around 10am this morning.
Eight crews from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue are tackling the blaze at T&B Motors in Witney.
A fire service spokesman said: “Both Witney appliances as well as pumps from Burford, Eynsham, Chipping Norton and the water carrier from Wheatley have been called in.
“Because of the nature of the premises fuel is involved and there is a large plume of dark smoke.”
Resident Tony Pearce said the fire was “getting worse”, adding: “It’s thick, black, acrid smoke. Gas bottles, tyres, the petrol left in the cars, that’s all going up.
“All the houses up here have been evacuated because of the flames.”
WitneyProperty/Twitter Police have evacuated Farmers’ Close in Witney and said ‘several vehicles’ are on fire
WitneyProperty/Twitter Police and eight fire fighting units are at the scene battling the blaze
Thames Valley Police Witney tweeted several vehicles were on fire as plumes of black smoke covered the town.
Some residents have been evacuated to Elmfield Council offices, according to police, who are advising locals to stay indoors with their windows and doors shut.
T&B Motors has confirmed there are no injuries but are not currently commenting further.
West Oxfordshire District Council tweeted: “Like many of you, we can see the black smoke over Witney. Please be assured that @OxonFireRescue are aware of this fire and are dealing with the situation.”