A ‘massive’ fire has broken out at a business park in Northamptonshire, sparking a ‘huge dust cloud’ amid fears of asbestos exposure.
Huge plumes of dark grey smoke were spotted above Sywell Aerodrome Business Park in Wellingborough Road earlier today.
Fire crews were called at 12.47pm to the blaze at a factory and workers from surrounding businesses were evacuated.
Huge plumes of dark grey smoke were seen rising into the sky above Sywell Aerodrome Business Park in Wellingborough Road
Fire crews were called at 12.47pm on Tuesday to the blaze at a factory, and workers from surrounding businesses were evacuated
Footage showed the flames engulfing the industrial unit and a towering column of smoke rising to the sky, which could be seen from up to ten miles away.
The service said the building where the blaze happened was not occupied at the time, and there are not thought to be any casualties.
Rob Doyle, a local resident, said: ‘It’s a huge dust cloud and whilst we were there, the police advised that the roof of the buildings that went up was asbestos, so bit of a health concern for local residents and further afield.’
Chunks of blackened ash fell from the sky and were discovered falling to the ground nine miles from the blaze.
The huge plumes of smoke can be seen from Northampton, Kettering and Wellingborough town centre.
The service said the building where the blaze happened was not occupied at the time, and there are not thought to be any casualties
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Rachel Noding, who works in a marketing business near to where the fire broke out, said she and her colleagues were shocked at how quickly it spread.
She said: ‘The fire took hold really quickly. Within 20 minutes it was just massive. It was quite scary.’
Scott Brown, who works at Collingtree Lighting, based at Sywell Aerodrome, said: ‘I was having my lunch in my car when I heard little explosions.
‘I looked up and saw people staring and pointing at one of the buildings. Within ten minutes the whole building was on fire, and then it spread to a nearby building.
‘When the fire brigade arrived they told everyone to evacuate and get back out onto the main street.’
A column of smoke and ash has been sent hundreds of feet into the air close to Sywell Aerodrome near Sywell, Northampton
IT worker Jake Carter, 20, was one of dozens of workers evacuated from the 44 offices and business units close to the fire.
He said: ‘We were all sent out of work shortly after the fire took hold. It started at a warehouse which stores hundreds of fridges and freezers.
‘The smoke is choking the air around here. Our office is about 150 metres from the warehouse. It was pretty scary. The sky has turned black.’
Residents have been advised to shut their windows and doors for health and safety reasons while the firefighters tackle the blaze.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and a number of road closures are in place.
Sywell Aerodrome hosts private flying, flight training and corporate flights.
Aviation related businesses are located there as well and it lets out around 44 commercial offices and industrial units on site.