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Toxic smoke after West Calder print factory fire

Fire at Brucefield Industrial Estate, Livingston. Photo by Scott Wilson
Image caption Huge plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the burning building at Brucefield Industrial Estate

Residents living near a print factory which burnt down have been warned to keep their doors and windows closed to avoid toxins entering their homes.

The blaze at Amcor Flexibles at Brucefield Industrial Estate in West Calder broke out on Thursday afternoon.

It took more than 70 firefighters until 1800 BST to extinguish the flames.

Roads and businesses around the site were reopened on Friday. Lothian and Borders Fire Service said the blaze was not being treated as suspicious.

The industrial estate was reopened on Friday lunchtime although two properties adjacent to the factory remained closed.

Police said smoke from the fire was still in the air and that residents living in Murieston should keep their windows closed for the time being.

The fire broke out at about 1220 BST on Thursday, causing all surrounding businesses to be evacuated.

At its peak, it created a huge plume of black smoke which could be seen for miles.

Train services between Kirknewton and Shotts were also suspended as a precaution.

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