A fire at a Yodel delivery warehouse near Worcester has been declared a major incident by police as firefighters battle to stop the blaze from spreading.
Flames spread rapidly through the 170,000 square-foot warehouse, which holds packages to be delivered throughout the day, as workers arrived this morning.
Residents near the Blackpole Trading Estate have been advised to keep windows closed as police and fire services attend the scene, evacuating workers and closing roads.
55-year-old Steve Bury runs a surveying business from the estate and said:
Flames were shooting up 40ft in the air.
I drove past at 8.30 and nothing was going on, fifteen minutes later, one of my staff said the place is on fire.
Mr Bury believes the fire started at the warehouse of a delivery company before spreading to surrounding buildings.
22-year-old Caitlin Evans who works at a charity based at Blackpole, saw smoke rising from the buildings as she was driving to work.
It looked absolutely massive, I've never seen a plume of smoke that big.
Superintendent Kevin Purcell, from the West Mercia Police, said:
Officers from West Mercia Police are at the scene of a significant fire on Blackpole industrial estate where they are assisting Hereford and Worcester Fire Service with road closures.
The fire has been declared a major incident.
Significant road closures are in place and we advise drivers to avoid the area and residents to keep their windows and doors closed.
Road closures are in place and the public are advised to take alternative routes.
A fire at a Yodel delivery warehouse has been declared a 'major incident' and residents are being urged to close windows and doors.
Emergency services remain on the scene of a fire declared a 'major incident' in Worcester.