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Panic sweeps UK town as massive blaze erupts and smoke fills sky - locals urged avoid area

Daily Express logo Daily Express 06/12/2021 Teresa Gottein Martinez
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There is a large fire in Hoo Farm Estate in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. A local urged people on Twitter to avoid the area of the industrial estate. Pictures on social media show massive plumes of smoke filling the sky. Worcestershire County Council Highways & Travel said roads into the estate are closed and asked people to refrain from visiting the area. More than 20 fire engines from the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have been deployed to the scene.

Richard Prine, a spokesman for the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue service, told The Mirror: "20 fire engines heading to the Hoo Farm Industrial Estate in Kidderminster.

"First engine to arrive said the building was around 30 percent alight.

"Locals are being advised to avoid the area and to keep windows closed."

The single-storey building is 120m by 60m large.

Fire in Hoo Farm Estate, Kidderminster © Twitter/@BoingUK Fire in Hoo Farm Estate, Kidderminster

The council confirmed the A449 between Hoobrook Roundabout and the junction of A442 Droitwich Road is closed.

This is the second large fire within months in Kidderminster.

On September 8, a blaze started at Betts Metals' factory on Park Street, leading to traffic gridlock, evacuated homes and schools being forced to close.

More than one hundred firefighters spent several days battling the flames.

Fire in Kidderminster © Twitter/@BoingUK Fire in Kidderminster Fire in Kidderminster © Twitter/@BoingUK Fire in Kidderminster

Residents are shocked another scary incident has hit the town only three months later.

One Twitter user, @ItsShaleena, said: "Another day, another industrial fire.

"Kidderminster just isn't having the best of luck this year."

Another one, @Windwaker75, wrote: "Please stop with the fires! Hope everyone is evacuated safely."

One local told Express.co.uk: "It's another bad one, you could feel the heat from it, on the entrance to the estate."

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