Two people are missing and two more remain in hospital after a large fire at a Stafford fireworks factory.
The fire began at 17:15 on Thursday afternoon and took three hours to bring under control with 55 fire fighters, eight engines and several pieces of specialist equipment in attendance.
Although the blaze was brought under control, searches for the two missing people will not begin in the ruined building until any fires are completely out and the building has been deemed safe.
A 53 year old man has been arrested in connection with the fire.
Search for missing men
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service held off beginning a search and rescue operation during the evening because of poor light and remaining risks.
A spokesman for the service said, “The search and rescue team will make an assessment as to the safety of the building and a search of the premises will take place in daylight hours.”
There is a small area in the building where a person could feasibly have remained relatively safe if they had been knocked out.
Rescuers are remaining in touch with families in order to provide support and information.
Eyewitnesses captured images and footage of the fire, describing it as “horrendous” with thick plumes of smoke and fireworks exploding in all directions.
Two men have been admitted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire as a result of the fire.
The two men remain in hospital and rescuers remain hopeful of finding their colleagues.
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