Scrapyard blaze at Radstock confirmed as accident

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A scrapyard blaze involving 145 cars was an accident, fire officials have said.

At the peak of the fire, more than 30 firefighters tackled flames at Hall's Scrapyard, Combe End, Radstock, Somerset, on Friday.

Up to 40 properties were left without water as supplies were diverted to tackle the blaze. One man was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

The fire service said one appliance was still on site.

More than 30 calls were made to emergency services after the fire broke out at about 11:15 GMT on Friday.

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Image caption Roads in the area were closed because of the blaze

Residents reported hearing cars exploding and seeing a "lot of smoke bellowing out".

A crane was brought in by firefighters to remove the vehicles so crews could fully extinguish the fire.

Bristol Water also provided water bowsers to affected properties at Waldergrave Terrace, Waterloo Road, Lower Whitelands and The Laurels.

On Friday, Ch Insp Kevin Thatcher said it was believed staff were working on a car when the petrol tank caught fire and the blaze then spread.

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