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NEWS EXTRA: Fire Breaks Out In North Hampshire Scrapyard

Fire crews have tackled a large fire at a scrapyard in North Hampshire.

It broke out just after 7pm last night (Wednesday 5th June) in Potbridge, which is near to Odiham and Hartley Wintney.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

Eloise Jefferson-Loveday's garden backs onto the scrapyard - she was the first person to call firefighters:

"At the time we thought it was just a lorry.

"There wasn't that much smoke at the time but then the smell was really bad - and then it started getting worse.

"Someone was going to drive past to see what was going on but then it got even worse, so emergency services were called in."

Eloise told our reporter it was a very worrying time, being so close to the incident:

"From when we were standing at the neighbours, we thought it something exploded our house would catch fire because it's so close.

"We were really worried about the toxic fumes and the health of our farm animals too."

Stuart Royston lives nearby - and says firefighters were hampered by trucks from the scrapyard that were parked by the roadside:

"We could see large flames and huge plumes of dark looking smoke coming from the scrapyard.

"Someone found me about 7.15pm to raise the alarm - and I came out of the house and could see the smoke from about half a mile away."

The video below shows the extent of the flames at one point last night.

Fire crews from across Hampshire were called to the scene to help put out the flames.

Various crews took to Twitter to update the public on what was going on.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman gave us this statement:

"We were called at 19:12 yesterday evening to a fire involving eight HGV’s at a scrapyard in Hartley Wintney.

"Crews from Hartley Wintney, Fleet, Alton and Rushmoor worked with the Police and the Environment Agency at the incident.

"The fire was stopped using eight sets of BA, three jets, two hose reel jets and one Compressed Air Foam System jet.

"Our Fire Investigation team were informed of the incident before the stop message came in at 21:29 before one crew returned to the scene at 02:00 to reinspect for any further hot spots."

Hear from eyewitnesses who spoke to our reporter at the scene of the fire in the video below.

 

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