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Crews tackle Chester warehouse fire by railway station

Firefighters have brought a blaze which broke out at industrial buildings in Chester under control.

Crews were called to Chester Enterprise Centre on Hoole Bridge, near the railway station, just before 0400 GMT.

About 50 people living nearby have been moved from their homes and taken to a nearby church for safety reasons.

The station was closed to the public and all services through Chester were suspended but some platforms were reopening by 0830 GMT.

Cheshire Police said the A56 had been closed between Lightfoot Street and Black Diamond Street but had since reopened.

Officers said smoke coming from the fire had been tested and did not pose any health risks, but nearby residents are still being advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

'Big explosion'

Gus O'Rourke, from Cheshire Fire Service, said his colleagues had moved swiftly to bring the flames under control.

"We worked very hard to get the fire surrounded, which we did very quickly, and we reduced the risk of it spreading to surrounding properties," he said.

"We have also worked very hard to reduce the plume and get the train station open as quickly as possible."

Dave Brooks, who lives on Lightfoot Street, described the scene on Thursday morning.

"About half an hour after I woke up, around 4.30, there was a big explosion and the flames persisted throughout the morning," he said.

"There were up to about 20 fire engines cutting around and on cranes spraying the building down.

"Police came and told us we have to evacuate the whole street, so the lower section of Lightfoot Street got evacuated about five o'clock and the residents are all taking shelter in one of the churches up the road."

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