Homes evacuated as firefighters tackle large industrial blaze

Ten fire appliances are at the scene of the blaze Credit: @nataliejbowen

Around 50 firefighters are tackling a huge industrial blaze in Mansfield as homes nearby have been evacuated.

Emergency crews were called to Forest Road at around 3.45pm on Saturday 18 March, 2023 to reports that a recycling plant was on fire.

Ten fire appliances from across Nottinghamshire are at the scene.

There are road closures in place along Nottingham Road, Forest Road and Sandhurst Avenue.

Residents are being told to keep their doors and windows closed.

Chief Inspector Amy Styles-Jones, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thankfully, there are no reports of any injuries but neighbouring streets have been evacuated as a precaution.

“The Oak Tree Leisure Centre, in Jubilee Way South, will open from 7pm as a place of safety for members of the public effected by the fire.

"This incident is likely to be ongoing for some time so please avoid the area if possible."

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