BREAKING: Eighty firefighters tackle major blaze at Banbury industrial estate

15 crews from three counties are on the scene

15 crews from three counties are on the scene

Eighty firefighters from 15 crews across three counties are tonight (Friday) dealing with a major blaze on a Banbury industrial estate.

The blaze at Oak Cash & Carry was reported at around 8.30pm and, according to Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has since spread to Gems Tool Hire Services.

The tool hire premises contains up to 200 flammable cylinders, including acetylene, adding to the challenges faced by firefighters from Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

Crews are expected to remain on the scene throughout the weekend, according to chief fire officer Dave Etheridge from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service.

He added: “At this stage we have managed to contain the fire and prevent it spreading further, but we are obviously concerned about the presence of gas cylinders which can become very volatile when heated.

“We expect to be tackling the fire for several hours yet, and are likely to maintain a presence well into the weekend to monitor the situation - particularly with regard to allowing any potentially dangerous gas cylinders time to cool.”

A 200-metre cordon remains in place and it is understood no injuries have been reported. A fire investigation will be held in due course to establish the cause.

Pictures from the scene of the blaze shared by Banbury Guardian readers can be seen via our Twitter account - @banburynews

Video and pictures will be uploaded to this website tomorrow, Saturday.




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