Emergency services evacuated residents from their homes last night after a fire broke out on an industrial estate last night.
Around 100 firefighters attended Renshaw Industrial Estate in Mill Mead, Slough, to fight the blaze, which began at around 12.15am, completely destroying three buildings.
Meanwhile, 20 local residents were taken to a nearby rest centre, while those who were allowed to remain at home were told to keep their windows and doors shut.
Explosions were heard throughout the early hours of Monday morning, which were though to be the sound of propane cylinders exploding.
The town’s High Street was closed at around 3am, leading to diversions being put in place and bus services altered.
Town centre closed
Alan Clark, fire area commander for Staines, advised residents to avoid breathing in the smoke, adding that firefighters and police were wearing masks.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is likely to stay at the Staines site throughout most of Monday, but crews there are now being scaled down.
Mr Clark said that roof sheeting made of asbestos discovered at the scene poses no danger to residents.
South East Coast Ambulance service, the Environment Agency (EA) and Red Cross workers, utility firms and the local council are all working to restore order following the blaze.
It is not known yet what caused the fire.
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