A huge plume of smoke has filled the sky in Hessle after a major fire broke out at a Thompsons Plastics factory, with homes reportedly being evacuated by emergency services
A fiery inferno has engulfed the sky in west Hull after a major blaze broke out at a plastics factory – with houses reportedly being evacuated.
The fire is understood to have ripped through Thompsons Plastics in Hessle from just before 4pm this afternoon with large plumes of black smoke and bright orange flames seen for miles around.
Witnesses have also described hearing “huge explosions every 10 seconds”, with Northern Powergrid confirming some people were suffering power outages, reports Hull Live.
One man said he could hear the explosions “like bombs” coming from the fire and even had debris like “coal” landing in his garden.
And another said coal is “falling from sky”.
The smoke has been spotted reaching the tops of homes, while some dramatic footage shows thick columns of fiery smoke raging above rooftops as crackling bangs go off.
Black smoke clouds appear to be “growing” near Humber Bridge with motorists advised to avoid the A63.
The fire service has warned people to close all doors and windows as crews battle to extinguish the flames.
Buses in the area are also having to divert.
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Five fire engines are said to be on site.
It is also understood multiple hospitality venues are shutting in Hessle Square, including pubs and shops.
One witness said: “I’m in Saxon Way in Hessle, people are now being been evacuated. Police and fire engines are at the scene too.”
Another said: “I had just made a cup of tea while working from home when I heard a ferocious bang.
“I had no idea what it was an then saw there was a thick cloud of smoke across the city. This is frightening – stay safe everyone!”
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A third added: “I saw it when it just started and then suddenly heard a big bang.”
A spokesperson for Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “We can confirm that our teams at Humberside are aware of the fire and are on site.”
At 4.42pm the fire service issued an update.
It said: “We’re currently in attendance at an incident in the Hessle area.
“We advise local residents to close windows and doors.
“Please avoid the Priory Way to A63 area and be mindful there is a large amount of smoke in the area and surrounding roads.”
An East Yorshire Bus spokesman said: “Due to an ongoing incident on Hull Road, Service 57 is diverting via Anlaby Park Road South, Tilbury Road, Bethune Avenue and then via the Service 66 route into Hessle.
“This is in place in both directions.”
It is unclear how the fire started or if there have been any casualties.
MP for Hull West and Hessle, Emma Hardy, has tweeted: “I am hearing reports of a fire at the Thompsons plastics factory in Hessle. Please stay safe whilst the emergency services do everything they can to deal with this awful incident….”