Flames leapt hundreds of feet into the night sky and a smoke plume stretched for 10 miles - as oil and red diesel tankers exploded on an industrial estate in Sussex in the early hours of last night.
100 firefighters from four fire services across the region fought the blaze at the Linton fuel oil depot on the Rowfant Business Park in Wallage Lane near Crawley Down. It's not yet known what caused the blaze.
Tonight firefighters remain at the scene.
Sarah Saunders spoke to Adrian Murphy of West Sussex Fire and Rescue, business owners and local residents from the scene of the fire.
Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Around 60 firefighters have battled a large blaze at a business park in Crawley Down.
Firefighters were called in the early hours to Rowfant Business Park in Wallage Lane to find tanks of red diesel and heating oil alight.
Large plumes of smoke could be seen from the M23.
Residents have been advised to stay away and keep windows and doors shut.
The fire has now been extinguished but firefighters remain at the scene.
A 23-year-old man is in hospital in a critical but stable condition after the car he was driving left the road and hit a tree in Crawley Down. The incident happened on Hophurst Lane in Crawley Down at around 3.40am this morning.
The driver suffered serious injuries. He was flown to St George's Hospital in London by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance.
Hophurst Lane at Crawley Down was closed between its junctions with Fermandy Lane and Burleigh Way for more than four hours while emergency services were at the scene. Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses.
The A264 Snow Hill is closed in both directions at Crawley Down due to a building fire between the B2037 Snow Hill and the B2028 Turners Hill Road.