EXPLOSIONS have been heard as a major fire breaks out on a Stafford Industrial Estate this morning.
Fifty firefighters were at a warehouse on the Astonfields Industrial Estate, in Stafford this morning and residents were told to keep windows shut by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as they battled to stop the blaze spreading to 40,000 litres of oil.
Locals say that the building had reportedly collapsed by 11am, but the fire continued to burn with huge plumes of black smoke over the County town.
Residents are being asked to keep their windows closed due to the smoke and surrounding roads have been closed as a cordon remains in place.
The incident is expected to cause major traffic issues throughout the day.
Rob Barber, Director of Response at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:
“We are currently attending a large fire at Global Hygiene LLP on Astonfields Industrial Estate on Drummond Road in Stafford.
“Due to the significant amount of smoke that is billowing from the building, I would strongly advise residents to keep their windows and doors closed.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service currently have 12 appliances in attendance as well as the High Volume Pump, Aerial Ladder Platform, Command Support Vehicle, Welfare Unit and Environment Unit. They are also being assisted by units from West Midlands.
A Staffordshire Police Spokesperson has said:
“We are supporting colleagues from the Fire and Rescue Service who are currently dealing with a fire at commercial premises on Drummond Road, Astonfieleds Industrial Estate in Stafford.
“Premises and houses within a 50 metre radius of the blaze have been evacuated as a safety precaution.
“Please assist the emergency services by avoiding the area and residents and businesses are asked to keep doors and windows closed.
“Emergency services are working together to bring the situation under control as swiftly as possible.”