Page last updated at 08:04 GMT, Friday, 27 June 2008 09:04 UK

Road shut after Glastonbury fire

Pylle fire: pic Roger Hyman
Long tailbacks developed in the area: pic Roger Hyman

Part of the A37 in Somerset remains closed after a fire at a scrapyard near the site of the Glastonbury Festival.

The incident on Thursday led to long delays for festival traffic.

Two people were taken to hospital with minor burns and 30 homes were evacuated after the fire broke out at Rossiters scrapyard in Pylle.

A total of 16 fire crews attended the blaze. Explosions from gas bottles on the four-acre site were audible up to half a mile away.

The fire was a mile from the festival site and one of the entrances has been closed.

About 30 residents who had been evacuated will not be allowed back into their homes until Friday lunchtime.

"When we saw the smoke and flames we knew something serious had happened then the police came along and they told us we had to get out," one resident told BBC News.

British Red Cross volunteers have been offering support to the hundreds of festival-goers who found themselves stranded as they made their way to the Glastonbury site.

Spokesman Graham Kerridge said: "People have been arriving at the station and getting off the trains, but there's nowhere for them to go because the buses can't get through.

"Things got quite worrying when we must have had about 1,000 people stranded at the station in really hot sunshine.

"But now they've managed to stop the trains from coming in and the police have arranged for buses to be escorted through the blocked road."





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