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Derby Explosions: Fire crews tackling blaze at industrial estate

A series of explosions have been heard Derby this afternoon.

Plumes of smoke can be seen for miles across the city after the blasts.

Derbyshire Fire Services confirmed they were called to Enterprise Way at 13:40.

People are being urged to keep their windows and doors closed.

Six appliances plus an aerial ladder from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Fire Services are in attendance.

Exploding gas cylinders caused numerous loud bangs which could be heard across the city.

Robbie Bunting works at Bloc Digital, a business situated close to the explosion. He was at work when he heard a huge bang.

The 24-year-old said: “I was just sitting at my desk, and all of a sudden there was a huge bang, everyone was walking around in the corridor and we went to look outside to see what it was, and there was a huge fire billowing black smoke over us.

“And then there were several more explosions. So we all ran back in, grabbed our stuff and left.

“The police started to cordon off the road when we left.”

  • What we know so far...
  • No-one has been injured, according to East Midlands Ambulance Service;
  • Train services between Derby and Chesterfield have been cancelled;
  • Stores Road, Prime Parkway, Clarke Street and Mansfield Road (between its junctions with Stores Road and Alfreton Road) have all been closed;
  • St Mary's Wharf police station, which is near the fire, is among the evacuated buildings;
  • Derby County's 3pm fixture against QPR has gone ahead but was delayed for a few minutes;
  • Nearby residents have been advised to close their doors and windows;
  • The cause of the fire is not yet known.

In a statement Derbyshire Police said: "St Mary's Wharf police station in Prime Park Way, Derby has been evacuated due to a large fire at a business premises on Chester Green, which has resulted in a series of explosions.

"An investigation is under way as to the cause of the fire, but it is not thought to be suspicious at this time.

"Please avoid the area. There are road closures in place at Prime Park Way, Stores Road to the junction with the Vauxhall garage, and Mansfield Road to the junction with Alfreton road.

"Local residents are also advised to keep their doors and windows closed to reduce their contact with any fumes.

"No further information is available at this time."

Trains are currently stationary on the railway bridge near the scene.

Replacement busses are being provided.

Derby County's game against Queens Park Rangers at Pride Park Stadium is "currently on", Derbyshire Police.

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