Newark fire: Nine fire crews rush to HUGE BLAZE – black cloud billows over Nottinghamshire

Firefighters are battling the blaze which broke out in a scrap metal yard on Great North Road, just off the A46, near to the British Sugar factory. Locals are being advised to keep “their windows and doors closed” as there is “a lot of smoke”. Fire crews from Lincolnshire and Leicestershire have also responded to the site. The A616 Great North Road has been closed and motorists are advised to “avoid the area if possible”.

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East Midlands Ambulance Service also confirmed they are assisting.

Pictures shared on social media show a huge thick, black plume of smoke rising from the site of the blaze.

Callie Sowerby who works in Mather Road in Newark told Lincolnshire Live: “We could hear lots of sirens in the distance and were all wondering what was going on.

“We looked out of the window and all we could see was big black billowing clouds.”

A huge fire has broken out near Newark (Image: Twitter/)

The smoke can be seen “for miles around”, NottinghamLive reports.

A Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “We were called just before 12pm. We have sent nine appliances because 1,000 tonnes of metal is on fire.

“There is a lot of smoke in the area and we would ask people around the surrounding area to keep their windows and doors closed.”

The fire service also tweeted: “Firefighters from across Nottinghamshire, and are dealing with a fire on #GreatNorthRoad in #Newark which is omitting a large smoke plume. If you are in the area, please keep doors and windows closed.”

Heavy traffic congestion has been reported on the A46 which is slow from Farndon and the A1.

Meanwhile the B6326 – Great North Road is struggling around the train station area.

Nearby Lombard Street also has very slow traffic.

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