Firefighters contain major blaze at industrial estate

Staffordshire fire and rescue say they are dealing with a 'large incident' while tackling a fire at an industrial estate in Stafford.

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Road near Stafford fire now open

12 engines were sent to tackle the blaze. Credit: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue

One of the roads near the major fire in Stafford has now been re-opened.

Some industrial units are still closed off whilst crews continue to work on putting out the fire.


One person was in building when Stafford fire started

Smoke from the fire Credit: ITV News Central

ITV News Central has been told one person was in the building of a major fire which broke out at an industrial estate in Stafford.

The fire took place at a unit owned by Global Hygiene LLP on Drummond Street.

A spokesperson from the company said the person was evacuated safely.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has told us the fire is now contained, with more than 10 firefighters still at the scene this morning.

There were explosions yesterday as firefighters battled to stop the warehouse fire spreading to 40,000 litres of industrial oil.

A director of Global Hygiene said:

“The fire that broke out on the Astonfields industrial estate in Stafford on the morning of March 2, 2016, originated in a Global Hygiene building that was under construction.

“There was one person in the building at the time the fire started and he was evacuated safely. Some of the neighbouring units on the technology park were also evacuated while the fire was being put out, to ensure the safety of everyone on site. We are very grateful to the fire services who responded very promptly to the emergency call.

“It is currently too early to comment on the causes of the fire, but Global Hygiene will work closely with the fire services and police services and perform a thorough investigation in the following days. A detailed statement will follow when more information is available.”

– director of Global Hygiene
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Report: Firefighters battle 'major' fire in Stafford

More than 50 firefighters have spent the day tackling a huge fire on an industrial estate in Stafford.

There were explosions as firefighters battled to stop the warehouse fire spreading to 40,000 litres of industrial oil.

ITV News Central's Melissa Wright reports.

Witnesses: 'Flames shooting out and rumbling noises'

Eyewitnesses who saw the large fire at a warehouse in Stafford have told ITV News Central about seeing the scale of the fire.

Nathan Hordern owns a company nearby:

Mansubha Rana and Julie Moore also witnessed the fire.


Environment Agency check for pollution at Stafford blaze

Local officers from the Environment Agency are on site at the Astonfields Industrial Estate to monitor pollution levels.

Firefighters are still working to put out the fire, although it has now been contained.

Stafford residents still being warned of smoke

Residents around the Ashtonfields industrial estate are being warned to continue to stay indoors with their windows shut as the fire at a recycling centre is brought under control .

12 engines were sent to tackle the blaze. Credit: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service say there is still a significant risk of smoke inhalation.

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Evacuation zone still in place around Stafford Fire

A 50m evacuation zone remains in place around a major fire at a recycling plant on an industrial estate in Stafford.

The blaze started this morning at Global Hygiene LLP on the Ashtonfields industrial estate.

The blaze has been declared a 'major incident' by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue. Credit: ITV News Central

12 crews were called to the scene to contain the fire, over fears it could spread to a neighbouring building, containing 40,000 litres of oil.

One person has been treated for minor burns.

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