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Evacuations amid fears huge fire in Leamington Spa could involve chemicals

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A large fire has broken out at an industrial estate in Leamington Spa, with people evacuated from nearby properties amid fears chemicals could be involved.

Photos and video shared online show a massive column of black smoke as well as sporadic fireballs.

A large fire at an industrial estate has prompted the evacuation of surrounding properties as it is feared the blaze may involve chemicals.
A huge plume of smoke can be seen rising above the scene of the incident on Juno Drive, Leamington Spa, with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in attendance.
Image: There were sporadic fireballs reported coming from the fire

Local Labour MP Matt Western said he had heard the fire could involve chemicals from a plastics business unit.

He later tweeted: “The factory fire in Juno Drive has shaken Leamington to its core. The scale of the blaze is staggering.

“I’ve spoken with police and fire chiefs who are increasingly confident of containing it. Please adhere to guidance.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it had two paramedics and a Hazardous Area Response Team at the scene but that there were currently no casualties.

Warwickshire Police said properties within the vicinity of Juno Drive were being evacuated.

Anyone living within 70 metres of the site is being urged to keep windows and doors closed, while police have also closed nearby roads.