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Fire at Oxfordshire scrapyard involving gas cylinders

Crews have tackled a large blaze involving gas cylinders at a scrapyard in Oxfordshire.

Firefighters were forced to pull back when they discovered acetylene cylinders at the yard near to Crawley in Witney on Wednesday night.

The fire also involved tyres, oils and other materials and was eventually extinguished by about 40 firefighters.

Police closed a road near the site due to the presence of the cylinders. The fire is under investigation.

A fire service spokesman said: "The nature of acetylene makes it a dangerous gas when involved in a fire and we treat it with extreme caution in order to protect the public and our firefighting crews.

"On this occasion we needed to pull back, close the road and secure a safe perimeter in order to conduct firefighting operations without endangering the lives of the crews."

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