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Buckinghamshire gas cylinder blast brings down power line

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Image caption Flames from the Little Stivers fire in Chalfont St Giles could be seen for miles

Gas cylinders exploded bringing down a power line near an industrial estate fire in Buckinghamshire.

Crews were called to the estate at Little Stivers in Chalfont St Giles just before 21:30 BST on Wednesday and tackled fires until early morning.

Nearby homes were evacuated and firefighters withdrew for safety reasons after a report gas cylinders were on the site.

Station Commander Denis Melia said the operation had been "very hazardous".

Six fire engines, a water tanker and 35 firefighters and officers attended from seven fire stations.

"One explosion brought down an overhead power line, which in turn ignited a hedgerow.

"A police helicopter flew over the incident and was able to provide information on the size of the fire and any fire spread caused by exploding cylinders," Mr Melia said.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

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