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Cardiff fire: Large plumes of smoke from Penarth Road

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Media captionCardiff fire: Showroom staff 'save' £11m of cars from fire

Firefighters are battling a blaze in an industrial area of Cardiff.

Eyewitnesses reported large plumes of black and grey smoke coming from the industrial estate at Freemans Parc, on the city's Penarth Road.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: "Our crews are currently in attendance at a fire on Penarth Road, Leckwith."

They said they were called to the scene of the fire at about 15:00 BST.

More than 60 firefighters from across south Wales, using water bowsers, breathing equipment and aerial appliances, have been drafted in to tackle the blaze.

However there were no casualties, the Welsh Ambulance Service has confirmed.

Luxury car company Hemmels is near to where the worst smoke is coming from and marketing manager Ian Wood said there was £11m worth of vehicles in the garage.

These include expensive motors such as Ferraris.

Mr Wood said: "We are absolutely concerned. We did a head count to make sure all our 50 staff were safe but the rate the fire took off was incredible.

"Some of our guys working in the unit detected the smoke. All our staff donned masks and ran in to save about £11m worth of cars. It's our body shop next door and leather works and parts, so it's quite an expensive inventory."

The whole area remains cordoned off.

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Media captionThick plumes of black smoke can be seen over the city
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Image caption The flames could be seen from offices in Cardiff city centre

Freemans Parc is an industrial estate about 200m from Penarth Road's junction with Hadfield Road and its units are taken by a number of car dealerships, DIY and other trade businesses.

It is the former Freemans Cigar site which has been reconfigured and refurbished to host a wide range of self-contained units.

The blaze is behind units for businesses Benjamin's Interiors and FW Home Stores.

Image caption Fire crews were called to the scene at about 15:00 on Wednesday
Image caption The police and fire service are at Freemans Parc

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