Fire crews battle Cheltenham scrapyard blaze

Scene of scrap yard fire
Image caption Fire crews said the "cluttered" state of the scrapyard presented a challenge for them.

About 80 firefighters tackled a fire at a scrapyard in Cheltenham in the early hours of Monday.

Eleven fire engines were called to Tudor's yard in Lower Mill Street at about 0005 GMT.

A Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the yard, a two-storey building and about 100 cars were severely damaged.

Neighbouring businesses were contacted, she said. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is under way.

Police closed part of Tewkesbury Road and part of Gloucester Road around the Tesco store while firefighters dealt with the incident.

'Cluttered and dangerous'

Crews fought to stop the flames spreading to neighbouring properties, which included a prestige car sales room, a builders' merchant and a sports clothing outlet.

Water was drawn from the nearby River Chelt to boost firefighting supplies during the operation.

Senior fire officer Clive Alder said it presented a challenge for his crews.

"[The scrapyard] is quite cluttered and dangerous and we've tackled the fire from the outside with the resources we have," he said.

"It was a developing incident for a period of time before we managed to get on top of it."

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