A MASSIVE fire continues to burn at an industrial premises in south Leamington and one person currently remains unaccounted for.
Emergency services are in attendance at the huge blaze at Leeson Polyurethanes – known locally as the ‘glue factory’ – on Juno Drive, off Queensway.
Police said: “One person currently remains unaccounted for, emergency services are working hard to locate them.”
A worker at the factory reported his car had been engulfed in the fire but he had escaped injury.
Plumes of thick black smoke were billowing over 100 metres into the air. It was reported the smoke could be seen up to 30 miles away.
And number of explosions were also heard.
There were also reports of charred lumps of what looked like polystyrene falling from the sky.
Police said properties within the vicinity of Juno Drive were evacuated and teachers as the fire involved chemicals and plastics.
One evacuated resident told The Observer: “I heard a really loud bang and at first thought a plane had crashed. Soon afterwards I had a knock on the door saying I had to leave my house.”
Juno Drive is also home to the Government’s newly opened Covid-19 testing megalab.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was contacted just after 10.30am and an ambulance, paramedic and Hazardous Area Response Team were at the scene. It is not yet known if there have been any casualties.
The air ambulance was also seen in the sky.
It is understood the Sainsbury’s petrol station on nearby Leamington Shopping Park had to close.
Road diversions were put in place and residents in nearby homes were told to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed. People are being urged to avoid the area.
The Brunswick Hub, on Shrubland Street, offered a place for evacuated people to go.
Warwick and Leamington Matt Western MP said: “Leamington has been shaken to its core by the serious fire in Juno Drive near Tachbrook Park Industrial Estate.
“The scale of the fire is staggering.
“I’ve spoken with police and fire chiefs who are keeping me informed.
“I’m told Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has deployed a dozen fire tenders and crews – and chiefs are confident that they can contain the fire.
“It is extremely worrying for our community and I am concerned for employees who were on site.
“I want to thank the emergency services for their professionalism and bravery – and residents for their adherence to guidance.
“It is very important to keep at least 70 metres away from the scene and please close doors and windows if you near the area.
“Avoid breathing in any smoke and stay indoors.”
Police said at 4pm that road closures would shortly be in place on the A452 near to Myton Road/Pets At Home in order to assist Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service.