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Building believed to be on fire is a two-storey warehouse

This is the building that is believed to be on fire in Stafford.

A local firework importer and supplier, SP Fireworks, owns a warehouse in the small business park where police have said they are attending a fire.

Building believe to be on fire in Tilcon Avenue, Stafford Credit: Google Maps
The building is surrounded by other warehouses Credit: Google Maps

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Fireworks shop and factory on fire in Stafford

SP Fireworks website - the firm is based on Tilcon Avenue in Stafford Credit: ITV News Central

The fire involving more than 30 firefighters at a fireworks factory and shop in Stafford is believed to be at SP Fireworks on Tilcon Avenue.

The company's website says it imports and supplies bespoke products to Wholesale, Retail, General Public and Display Companies.

So far West Midlands Ambulance says there are two casualties. There were reports of an explosion shortly after 5:15pm this evening.

Police enforce cordon around fire at firework store

Staffordshire Police have said that emergency services are attending a fire at a firework retailer in Stafford. They previously said they were responding to an explosion. A statement said:

Emergency services are dealing with an fire at a Fireworks retailer on Tilcon Ave, Stafford. A cordon is in place to protect the public and we are urging those in the area to remain indoors with windows closed whilst @StaffsFire deal with the fire.

A number of roads in the area and we are evacuating a number of businesses and homes in the area - Police will those approach affected.

Please avoid the area to allow emergency crews to deal with the incident.

– staffordshire police statement

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Evacuation underway due to fireworks factory blaze

Homes and businesses are being evacuated in the area around a major blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford this evening.

The fireworks factory fire in Stafford Credit: Hannah Looker

Road closures are in place and people have been urged to avoid the area around Tilcon Avenue, after the fire broke out at around 5.15pm.

A cordon has been put in place around the unit, and people living nearby have been urged to keep their doors and windows closed due to thick plumes of black smoke coming from the site.

The blaze can be seen from some distance away Credit: Brian Little
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Reports of explosion at Stafford fireworks factory fire

Fireworks factory on fire in Stafford Credit: ITV News Central

There are reports people heard a loud explosion before a large fire broke out at a firework factory in Stafford this evening.

Around 25 firefighters are tackling the flames on an industrial estate on Tilcon Avenue in the Weeping Cross area of the town.

West Midlands Ambulance service has confirmed two people have been injured.

'Safe' burials for Ebola victims will 'help curb virus'

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New research has claimed that the safe burial of Ebola victims may have the greatest impact in curbing the deadly virus.

The need for safe burials has been known from the beginning of the epidemic last spring, when people who attended the funeral of a faith healer in Guinea became infected.

U.S. guidelines call for workers wearing full protective gear to wrap the remains of Ebola victims, which have an extremely high concentration of the virus, in a plastic shroud and then place them in two body bags. The body should not be washed or handled in any way, something that has been a common practice in much of West Africa.

The new findings, published in the journal Science, are based on a mathematical model being developed by Ebola researchers at Yale School of Public Health.

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