Leamington Spa fire: Huge blaze rips through town as explosions spark evacuation

Leamington Spa: Smoke billows into the sky as fire rages

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As it stands, it is unclear what caused the blaze but it is thought it sparked in the industrial estate. Members of the public have also reported across social media hearing explosions in the town before the fire was seen. Others on social media have also reported seeing members of the public vomiting due to the thick black smoke. 

Paul Evans said: “Leamington fire. Drove past and people have their heads in their hand and being sick.

“Air ambulance just arrived.”

In pictures across social media, police can be seen ushering people away from the scene. 

While it is unclear where the blaze is located, one person claimed it was in the Tachbrook Road area. 

Another person said: “Leamington fire from my window, hope everyone is okay.”

Warwickshire Police confirmed the fire is on Juno Drive. 

They are also enacting an evacuation operation in the immediate area.

They said: “Properties within the vicinity of Juno Drive, Leamington are currently being evacuated as a result of a fire at an industrial premises.

“If you live within 70 metres of the site, please keep windows and doors closed. We are working with fire and rescue.”

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“Please keep windows and doors closed.

“Further updates will be posted when available.”

Public Health West Midlands have also issed guidance due to the nature of the blaze. 

They said in a tweet: “Any smoke can be an irritant.

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“If people are outdoors near the Fire in Leamington Spa they should avoid/limit time spent in areas affected by smoke/ash.

“Substances in smoke can worsen health problems like asthma & heart conditions so people should carry their medication if near.”

According to reports on the ground, the smoke is spreading fast across the town. 

Emergency services are ordering the public to close windows indoors. 

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A previous police statement said: “Emergency services are currently in attendance at a fire at a premises on Juno Drive, Leamington.

“Road closures are currently in place.

One person said: “Smoke is spreading fast across Leamington Spa from a blaze.

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“Evacuations are taking place. Locals are being advised to keep windows & doors shut.”

The roads around Juno Drive have also been closed. 

Another person added: “Huge plastics fire on Juno Drive, Leamington spa Warwickshire 250m from my house, apparently at Leeson Polyurethanes.

“Explosions rattled our windows repeatedly.”

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