Homes evacuated after fire and explosion in Cambridgeshire

Several properties have been evacuated after a fire in Bottisham, Cambridgeshire Credit: Chris Warner / ITV News Anglia

Several homes in Bottisham between Cambridge and Newmarket have been evacuated after a fire and explosion.

Firefighters were called to the blaze in Beechwood Avenue around 9am on Monday morning.

Two crews were called in Cambridge along with fire engines from Burwell and Newmarket and firefighters are expected to be there for some time.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said a fire had broken out in a number of single storey buildings used as an outbuilding and workshops. They contained cylinders and nearby properties have been evacuated for safety reasons.

A local resident, Catherine Wightwick, told the Cambridge News: “Our house was rocked by an explosion this morning at 9.12am. It happened in Beechwood Avenue and we live 300-400 yards away. The house shook. It was a hell of a bang and there was a big plume of smoke."