Large fire and huge plumes of smoke billowing from Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire

A large fire broke out at Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire this morning and plumes of smoke could be seen drifting across the sky.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said they received a huge number of calls to the incident and Wood Lane was closed between Mountsorrel and Quorn.

The fire service told ITV News Central that the first call came in at 6.31 to a fire in a four storey industrial building where the top two floors were on fire.

"We received the call at 6:31 this morning to a fire at Mountsorrel Quarry, Wood Lane.

"This is a commercial/industrial fire consisting of 4 floors measuring approx 25m x 30m with the top 2 floors fully involved in fire.

"The building is used as a tile dust plant."

The fire service say "There are no casualties at present" and that they sent four engines.

The local parish council has written on Facebook "we have been reassured that everyone there is safe."

Smoke was visible from several miles away Credit: Twitter/@L&R4X4Response

The Mountsorrel Quarry is a granite quarry operated by Tarmac. The website says it is "a nationally significant quarry" and that "it supplies vital building materials to major construction projects locally and throughout the UK."

In a statement a quarry spokesperson said: “An isolated fire occurred at around 6am today (4 November) at Mountsorrel Quarry.

"We acted promptly to alert the fire services, and the fire was quickly extinguished. We can confirm that no one was hurt and the fire services responded quickly to contain the incident. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.”