Crews remain at scene of Ashford industrial estate fire

Firefighters were called to deal with blaze at the warehouse in Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate just after 3pm on Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Flyby Photography

Firefighters are damping down the scene of a large fire which broke out at a tyre processing plant in Ashford in Kent.

Crews were called to Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate to deal with the blaze just after 3pm on Tuesday afternoon (15 September).

Plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles as emergency services worked to tackle it.

Kent Fire and Rescue says the fire is now under control and the incident has been scaled down, with five fire engines, a bulk water carrier and a height vehicle in attendance.

The blaze destroyed a single-storey warehouse and a car, and other nearby warehouses and vehicles have been partially destroyed by fire or damaged by heat.

At its height, fifteen fire engines were at the scene.

One man was taken to hospital with burns and smoke inhalation.

Those living nearby have been asked to close windows and doors due to the continuing smoke.

Firefighters are expected to be on site for some time, turning over and damping down hot spots.

The cause is being investigated.

  • Colin King- Kent Fire & Rescue Service:

Kent Fire & Rescue said: "Steady progress is being made at the scene of a warehouse fire on Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford, involving a large number of tyres."

Stagecoach South East has said the fire is close to its depot and so it may affect some of its bus services in the Ashford area on Wednesday (16 September).

Meanwhile Ashford Council has said due to the fire, it has suspended garden waste services on Wednesday.