Firefighters have spent the day damping down after a massive blaze at an industrial recycling centre in Sussex.
It broke out last night at Light Brothers depot in Southerham near Lewes, engulfing 100 tonnes of waste material.
A plume of dense, black smoke could be seen from at least 20 miles away.
People living nearby were warned to keep their doors and windows closed, as Malcolm Shaw reports.
A fire at a recycling centre in Portsmouth is under control.
Seven tonnes of green waste has been removed from the hanger at the site on Quatremaine Road and is now being damped down.
More than 30 firefighters were sent to the scene at 5:30am and local people were told to avoid the area.
More than 30 firefighters are tacking a blaze at a recycling centre in Portsmouth.
They were called to Quatremaine Road, in Portsmouth, at 5.27am this morning. Seven tonnes of the centre's twenty five tonnes of recycling is on fire.
There are no reports of injuries. However, Hampshire Fire and Rescue are telling residents and drivers to avoid the area.
Fire investigators are trying to find the cause of a blaze that ripped through a thatched property in Wiltshire last night.
Crews from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the detached house in Chandlers Lane in Bishops Cannings at 9.20pm.
At the height of the blaze, more than forty firefighters tackled the fire.
They were able to salvage many of the occupiers’ possessions, including a grandfather clock.
Two people have been treated for smoke inhalation following a large fire at a derelict building in Poole.
Seven fire engines were called to St John's House in Serpentine Road this afternoon where the fifth storey was alight.
The fire is now out but an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.
It's believed the building is used by squatters.
An investigation is underway after a faulty electric blanket caused a house fire in Oxford. Fire crews were called to Horspath just before 10:30 on Thursday evening.
When crews arrived, smoke was coming from the upstairs window. Luckily an elderly lady had left the building after discovering the bed on fire.
"The lady was very lucky as the smoke alarm in the property had not raised the alarm. The 82 year old lady was in the property but only discovered the fire when she went upstairs - unfortunately the smoke alarm was not positioned correctly so was not able to give early detection to the fire”.
Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care when using portable electrical heating devices and recommend that they are not used overnight and only turned on when they can be monitored.
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Firefighters were called to the Randolph Hotel in Oxford to deal with a fire in a bedroom at the site last night.
The alert was raised following a fire alarm going off at about 11.40pm. Two fire engines from Rewley Road fire station attended the incident. They reported seeing light smoke, and the presence of a strong smell of burning coming from a first floor room.
The two elderly people staying in the room were taken to safety by staff. One woman was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.
The incident commander from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service issued a warning for people to check their portable electrical appliances.
It is believed that the fire at the 5-star hotel was sparked inside an electrical nebulizer which overheated. The devices can help with medical treatments for breathing - for example for people with asthma.
“I would urge the public to review the condition of their portable electrical appliances in relation to any signs of damage, wear and tear and replace if necessary. Fortunately, the hotel had a fire alarm system, which alerted all persons and allowed plenty of time for emergency evacuation procedures to be put into place”.
A second round of relief fire crews have been sent to Fleet Services off the M3 in Hampshire following a major blaze last night. More than 50 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the fire.
At present one lane of the M3 southbound is closed between Junction 4a for Fleet and Junction 5 for Hook.
The Fleet service station area remains closed and there is slow traffic in the area. The fire broke out in the service station's food court at around 10.30pm last night.
The fire is under control and firefighters are damping down the area damaged by the blaze to make it safe.
A fire in the shopping centre at Ringwood in Hampshire has been confirmed as arson.
Investigations are continuing this morning into the blaze which engulfed six shops in Ringwood, Hampshire.
The fire started in a bin behind shops in Meeting House Lane. Fifty firefighters were called out to tackle the flames.
We can confirm that we are investigating a fire that took place at the shopping centre in Meeting House Lane, Ringwood, just before 8am on Sunday, November 27.
Following an assessment by colleagues at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, we are treating the fire as arson.