Firefighters tackle warehouse blaze on Ashford industrial estate

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Video from the scene shows intense smoke and flames

A fire has broken out in a warehouse on an industrial estate in Kent, leaving a worker with burns.

Thick black smoke and orange flames can be seen rising from the blaze which started at a tyre plant at about 15:15 BST.

Fifteen fire engines have been sent to the scene of the fire on the Cobbs Wood estate in Ashford.

The cause of the fire is unknown, according to Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

A KFRS spokesperson said 80 firefighters are at the tyre plant in an attempt to put out the fire.

Image source, Luke Richardson / @Luke_Rich92
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Drone shots show the intensity of blaze that firefighters are battling

The fire is under control but it is expected that the smoke could continue for around 12 hours.

KFRS advise people nearby to keep windows and doors shut. There are no other reported injuries.

A spokesman for Kent Police said officers are at the scene and road closures have been put in place.

Eyewitness Megan Rook, who lives nearby, said; "We saw the smoke coming up over the houses where we live in Singleton.

"My husband was cycling from town through Victoria Road and saw the flames coming up from Cobb's Wood. We couldn't smell anything as they've been spreading the fields near us so that overpowers it but it can be seen for miles."

Image source, James Garner
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Plumes of smoke can be seen for miles

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