Stores at an industrial unit in Oxfordshire have been re-opening after a severe fire at an industrial unit in Banbury on Friday night.
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service had crews at the scene throughout the weekend monitoring the situation.
On arrival, the first fire appliances were faced with a fully developed fire involving a Cash and Carry and a Tool Hire Unit. There was a lot of heat, large flames and a substantial amount of smoke.
The fire had also heated up cylinders and it appeared that there were fireworks involved as well. At the height of the blaze, 15 fire engines were involved in tackling the flames.
– Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
These conditions presented a very hazardous environment and fire-fighting activities had to be carefully planned and supervised."
Fire crews from Oxfordshire are still at the scene of a major fire on an industrial estate in Banbury, Oxfordshire. They were called to the Beaumont estate last night, to tackle the blaze, which broke out at a disused cash and carry unit. A large number of gas cylinders were also near the premises.
– David Etheridge - Oxfordshire Chief Fire Officer
We expect to be tackling the fire for several hours yet, and are likely to maintain a presence well into the weekend to monitor the situation - particularly with regard to allowing any potentially dangerous gas cylinders time to cool."