Mapledurham Lock and footpaths closed after shed fire

Mapledurham Lock
Image caption The fire was discovered by the Mapledurham Lock keeper

The River Thames has been closed near Mapledurham Lock after two sheds, one containing a gas cylinder, caught fire.

The fire, which was spotted by the Mapledurham Lock keeper, has been put out but an acetylene cylinder was found by firefighters.

A potential explosion led to the area being cordoned off.

The cylinder will be cooled until it poses no danger. The area of the River Thames and footpaths on the river bank are closed until further notice.

The Mapledurham Lock keeper's cottage has been evacuated and Mapledurham lock is also closed, but no other homes are affected by the cordon.

The Environment Agency said it would advise boat users when the stretch of river reopened.

The agency said booms were being used to prevent the river being contaminated.

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