LOCAL residents have been warned to shut their windows and avoid the area as a huge fire rages on an industrial estate.
About 80 firefighters are battling the blaze at the Hoo Farm Industrial Estate in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
A thick black column of smoke can be seen for miles as flames rip through the site.
Firefighters with 20 engines raced to a carpet and flooring distribution firm after reports of a fire around 10.20am.
People living nearby reported hearing a loud explosion, with smoke being carried by winds into neighbouring towns.
One local resident told the BBC: "A huge plume of black smoke, flames right in the black cloud.
"I've never seen flames like it or a fire like this."
Local firefighters fighting to extinguish the inferno are concerned about a nearby diesel tanker.
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