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Police 'continuing inquiries' over missing person at warehouse

Staffordshire Police has issued a video statement from the scene of a huge blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford on Thursday.

Superintendent Jane Hewitt confirmed that one person still remains unaccounted for and said that officers are continuing to make inquiries into that person's whereabouts:

Emergency teams work overnight at fireworks warehouse

Up to 50 firefighters were tackling the blaze at the height of the incident in Stafford on Thursday evening, a Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said.

Many emergency personnel will continue to work overnight at the scene and the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) hazardous area response team will be on standby there in case anyone gets injured.

All of the emergency services had been flooded with calls from members of the public who spotted the fire.

WMAS spokesman Steve Wheaton said initial reports had suggested there could be as many as 50 casualties, but very quickly "it became very clear" that was not going to be the case.

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