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Blast fear after fire at Fleetwood waste plant

An exclusion zone has been set up around a Lancashire waste plant amid fears that cylinders could explode while emergency crews tackle a fire.

Firefighters were called to a warehouse on Jameson Road in Fleetwood at about 2100 GMT on Saturday.

The fire at the warehouse, which is used to store timber and plastic waste, has sent palls of smoke over the town.

Water has been sprayed on the metal building to cool it as crews believe there could be gas cylinders inside.

'Big oven'

The Environment Agency was also called to check the scene. A spokeswoman said that initial assessments suggested there had been no immediate environmental impact.

An officer from the agency will revisit the site once the fire has been put out and the site made safe.

"One of the main considerations in these situations is the water used to put out the fire must be contained and doesn't affect water courses," the agency spokeswoman said.

Mick Parry, watch manager for the fire and rescue service, described the fire as "roaring".

He said the building was like a "big oven" and he expected it would be a few days before the site was fully safe.

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