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Mansfield fire: Homes evacuated after massive blaze rips through industrial building

The fire caused the closure of multiple roads as emergency services rushed to the scene - TWITTER
The fire caused the closure of multiple roads as emergency services rushed to the scene - TWITTER

A number of homes have been evacuated after a fire broke out in an industrial building in Mansfield.

Crews from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Forest Road just before 3.45pm on Saturday.

The alarm was raised after a series of calls were made by the public to report smoke coming from the area.

Residents have had to spend time at an evacuation centre, which was opened at a leisure centre, as they waited to go home.

More than 100 firefighters from 16 crews were called out to the scene, with Nottingham Road, Forest Road and Sandhurst Avenue closed and several properties evacuated.

The fire also led bus services to be diverted.

Chief Inspector Amy Styles-Jones, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Thankfully there are no reports of any injuries but neighbouring streets have been evacuated as a precaution.

"The Oak Tree Leisure Centre, in Jubilee Way South, will open from 7pm as a place of safety for members of the public affected by the fire.

"This incident is likely to be ongoing for some time so please avoid the area if possible."