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A huge 100 firefighters are battling a blaze which has forced families to slam shut their doors and windows for their own safety.
The massive "metal fire" broke out at an industrial premises on Harrimans Lane, Nottingham shortly after 7.20pm on Saturday.
Eyewitnesses claim a large orange glow lit up the night sky as residents share their own snaps of a frightening amount of smoke billowing over the city.
A Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) spokesman said: "Over 100 firefighters continue to tackle a significant metal fire on Harrimans Ln.
"Please stay out of the area and be aware of a large number of vehicles travelling to the incident. If you live nearby, keep your windows and doors closed."
Since being called out to the fire at 7:22pm, NFRS has been sharing updates of their progress and safety guidance on Twitter.
According to NottinghamshireLive, fire crews are using two aerial ladder platforms and a high volume pump.
A welfare unit are also in attendance as a vast amount of smoke is being produced and carried by strong winds.
A witness who shared a photo of the fire from quite a distance, tweeted: "Can see the fire in Dunkirk from near #Nottingham Castle. It’s raging in this wind. All the best to @nottsfire. Looks hostile and dangerous even from here."
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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue told Twitter followers that no fewer than 16 crews from across the city and beyond were sent to Dunkirk.
Listing them all, the service posted: "Crews from #WestBridford, #Highfields, #LondonRoad, #Stockhill, #Stapleford, #LongEaton, #Carlton, #Arnold, #AscotDrive, #Ashfield, #EastLeake, #CastleDonnington, #Bingham, #Collingham, #Mansfield and #Ilkeston are in attendance on Harrimans Ln."
It is the third time in a year that firefighters have been called to the same industrial area, NottinghamshireLive reports.
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The workplace fire broke out just hours after NFRS published a story on its website about a business which was destroyed by a fire last year.
The rescue service's catch up with the impacted owner was to highlight Electrical Safety Month.
NFRS had not confirmed the cause of the fire in Dunkirk on Saturday night.
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