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Huge fire in Chippenham, smoke 'may cause problems'

Tony Weston saw the smoke from a train. Credit: Tony Weston

People near Hungerdown Lane in Chippenham are being advised to keep their doors and windows closed - a huge fire is burning at a derelict building in the town.

Five Wiltshire fire crews have been tackling the blaze since this afternoon. It is producing a large amount of smoke, which could be dangerous for those with existing respiratory conditions.


WATCH: huge fire causes chaos in central Bristol

Around 35 firefighters are currently dealing with a fire which has broken out in student accommodation in Bristol.

This footage, filmed from a nearby building, shows smoke streaming from the roof, which has been completely destroyed.

The area around the fire has been sealed off because of debris falling to the road below:

Family of five taken to hospital following house fire

A family of five have been taken to hospital after a serious house fire in Swindon this morning.

A man suffered severe burns in the fire in Cricklade Road and was taken to Southmead hospital. While a woman and three children were taken to The Great Western Hospital in Swindon, for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

Most of the house has been seriously damaged by the fire, which is thought to have started in the kitchen.

Several neighbouring houses were evacuated - and some spent the night in council accommodation. They returned today to check their homes but were still too shocked to talk about what happened.

Neighbour Sean Baxter called the fire service just before 3 o'clock this morning - by which time the building was well alight.

Crews tackle thatch fire in Somerset

Fire crews in Somerset are currently dealing with a large fire at a thatched property near North Petherton.

Eight appliances are tackling the blaze at a detached property at Coxhill Farm in North Newton.

Appliances were mobilised from Bridgwater, Taunton, Burnham on Sea, Wellington, Nether Stowey, and Ilminster as well as the high volume pump from Taunton, an aerial ladder platform and water carrier from Bridgwater, and an incident command unit from Street.

Crews arrived on scene and confirmed the property fully involved in the fire. This was a detached property with an annex that was empty. Crews got to work with one foam jet, four hose reel jets and a light portable pump using water from the canal.

– Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue


Bosses reassure staff after catastrophic fire

Bosses at a factory in Gloucestershire have been reassuring staff after a catastrophic fire there earlier this week.

Dowty Propellers in Staverton was destroyed on Wednesday night. The owner, GE Aviation says it is doing its best to get the operation running again. It says it is committed to the workforce and the business.

Statement: Dowty Propellors

Below is a statement from Dowty Propellors who own the factory which caught fire last night.

250 people work there, and fortunately no one was injured:

About 12.30 am this morning (5th February) there was a fire at the Dowty Propellers facility in Anson Business Park (Gloucester, UK). The local fire department, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, were called and responded to the incident immediately. No employees were working in the immediate area at the time of the fire. We’re pleased to say all twenty-nine employees who were on-site at the time of the fire were evacuated safely from the facility and there were no injuries.

We are supporting the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause. The facility will be closed today to assess conditions and we will provide a status update as soon as possible.

About 250 employees work at the Dowty facility in Anson Business Park. Dowty Propellers designs, manufactures and repairs aircraft propeller systems for military and commercial aircraft.

– Dowty Propellers
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