The cordon around Banbury Cross Retail Park and Southam Road has been lifted following last night’s (Friday’s) fire at Oak Cash and Carry in Banbury.
A police road block is still in place on Beaumont Road near Ruscote Avenue, however, while firefighters continue to assess the damage to the cash and carry premises and establish a cause of the fire.
Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene for the rest of the day.
The morning light showed extensive damage to the cash and carry store as well as nearby Gem Tool Hire, which suffered significant damage to its roof.
Speaking at the site this morning (Saturday), Chris Wilson, Banbury firefighter, said: “We have now confirmed there was no acetylene cylinders involved in the fire, which means we can now get closer to the building and make a more aggressive attack on what remains of the fire.
“We are also happy no-one else was involved and no people were missing. We are now going to work on assessing how much damage has been done and what caused the fire.”
At the height of the blaze, which could be seen from up to around eight miles from Banbury, it is understood Junction 11 of the M40 was briefly closed