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Banbury businesses open after industrial estate blaze

Beaumont industrial estate
Image caption The cause of the fire is being investigated

Businesses have reopened after a fire broke out in a disused building on an Oxfordshire industrial estate.

The fire at the former cash and carry and tool hire unit on the Beaumont estate off Southam Road, Banbury, started at 20:30 GMT on Friday.

A 200m (650ft) exclusion zone was put in place as propane gas and acetylene cylinders were found.

A number of local businesses were evacuated, including a pet shop, but all have been reopened.

Fire investigation teams were at the site on Sunday morning.

The Banbury Cross Retail Park was briefly closed while acrid smoke from the fire dispersed.

At its height Junction 11 of the M40 had to be closed as about 80 firefighters from Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire fought the blaze.

It is not yet known how the fire in a former cash and carry premises started.

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