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Huge fire erupts in Hull sending plumes of smoke across city
24 November 2021, 16:56 | Updated: 24 November 2021, 22:24
A huge fire has erupted in Hull sending plumes of black smoke across the city, with residents urged to close all windows doors and windows.
The fire has broken out in the Hessle area of Hull, with the fire service declaring a "major incident".
The blaze is reported to be at a plastics factory with residents sharing videos on social media showing roaring flames and thick black smoke rising.
Firefighters said they believe nobody is injured and everyone at the business is accounted for, but did not confirm if it is a factory.
Jason Kirby, director of People and Development at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said on Wednesday evening: "Our firefighters are continuing to make good progress to tackle the fire.
"Our multi-agency partners are working with us to resolve the incident and these include Humberside Police, Public Health England and Environment Agency who are working with us to minimise any impact on the environment.
"Local residents may notice low water pressure and possible discolouration, and this is because local water authorities are diverting water for the incident, please do not be alarmed if you experience this with your water supply.
"Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and check for updates on our twitter feed @HumbersideFire."
A number of roads were closed and drivers were asked to avoid the area, keep their windows up, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.
In a statement, Humberside Police said: "Officers are currently in attendance at an incident on Saxon Way, Hessle supporting the fire service following reports of a fire at 3:40pm today.
"We ask that members of the public avoid the area were possible whilst the incident is brought to a safe resolution."
Grace Grant, 25 said she heard explosions coming from the fire.
"It was huge, smoke could be seen from miles away. As I moved off, explosions were happening around every 10 seconds", she said.
It has been reported that a number of residents living in houses on Buttfield Road are being evacuated.
East Hull Labour MP Karl Turner, said: "Thinking about Humberside fire crews right now given this terrible fire in West Hull/Hessle. Thanks for your service. Hoping there are no casualties."
Local pubs in the area said they would offer free hot drinks and shelter to those affected by the fire.
The Fiveways posted to Facebook saying: "We are happy to provide free hot drinks & shelter to those affected by the fire in Hessle. Free hot drinks to emergency workers."
Another pub, The Norland, posted: "We are aware that a number of locals have no power so we will remain open for drinkers free tea and coffee available."