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Witney fire: Breakers' yard blaze sees homes evacuated Witney fire: Breakers' yard blaze sees homes evacuated
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A large fire involving scrap cars and fuel at a breakers' yard has led to homes being evacuated and roads closed.A large fire involving scrap cars and fuel at a breakers' yard has led to homes being evacuated and roads closed.
Around 60 firefighters from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue are tackling the blaze at T&B Motors in Witney.Around 60 firefighters from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue are tackling the blaze at T&B Motors in Witney.
Plumes of "thick, black, acrid" smoke have been visible over the town since about 10:00 BST.Plumes of "thick, black, acrid" smoke have been visible over the town since about 10:00 BST.
Residents have been advised by police to stay indoors and keep all windows and doors closed while the blaze is ongoing.Residents have been advised by police to stay indoors and keep all windows and doors closed while the blaze is ongoing.
The fire is now under control but the road will be closed overnight, deputy leader of West Oxfordshire District Council Toby Morris said.
He said emergency accommodation was being arranged for residents.
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People asked to leave their homes have been told to gather at Elmfield council offices. The fire service said it had brought the fire under control by 14:30 BST, but that crews would "remain at the scene for 24 hours for ongoing fire-fighting activities".
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said West End has been completely closed off, as well as Bridge Street, Wood Green and Hailey Road. The area will be closed overnight, deputy leader of West Oxfordshire District Council Toby Morris said.
He said emergency accommodation was being arranged for at least one resident.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said there had been no injuries.
While West End has been completely closed off, Bridge Street and Wood Green have reopened.
Earlier, people asked to leave their homes were told to gather at Elmfield council offices.
Farmers Close resident Tony Pearce said: "It's thick, black, acrid smoke. Gas bottles, tyres, the petrol left in the cars, that's all going up.Farmers Close resident Tony Pearce said: "It's thick, black, acrid smoke. Gas bottles, tyres, the petrol left in the cars, that's all going up.
"All the houses up here have been evacuated because of the flames.""All the houses up here have been evacuated because of the flames."
A fire service spokesman said 10 appliances were now in attendance from Oxford, Witney, Burford, Wheatley, Deddington, Eynsham and Chipping Norton and multiple jets were in use.A fire service spokesman said 10 appliances were now in attendance from Oxford, Witney, Burford, Wheatley, Deddington, Eynsham and Chipping Norton and multiple jets were in use.
"Because of the nature of the premises fuel is involved and there is a large plume of dark smoke.""Because of the nature of the premises fuel is involved and there is a large plume of dark smoke."