Kent

Smoke warning over fire in Margate industrial unit

Margate fire Image copyright @kevinelsley1977
Image caption The smoke can be seen from several miles away

Residents have been warned to keep doors and windows shut after a large fire in an industrial unit in Kent.

About 80 firefighters were sent to the blaze in Westwood, in Margate.

Kent Fire & Rescue Service said the blaze began at 06:30 BST and roughly 40% of the warehouse was alight.

A large black smoke plume was visible for several miles. "People in the area are reminded to please keep doors and windows closed as a precaution," a spokesman said.

Image copyright Dave Larkins
Image caption About 80 firefighters are tackling the blaze

The fire service said part of the building had collapsed and crews were likely to remain at the scene "for some considerable time".

Road closures were put in place in the area.

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