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Oxfordshire furniture workshop 'devastated' by blaze

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Image caption More than 50 firefighters tackled the Coleshill blaze

A family-run furniture business has been "devastated" by a fire that destroyed its Oxfordshire workshop.

More than 50 firefighters and eight fire engines were called out to the blaze in Coleshill, at about 04:30 BST.

Crews were forced to work in "arduous conditions" but managed to stop the fire spreading to the rest of the building.

Group manager Kerry Blair said: "This severe fire has devastated a family-run business."

He praised the "tireless" work of fire crews from Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and said they were working with police, paramedics, Southern Electric and the Environment Agency.

"Fire crews will be on scene all day damping down, and representatives from National Trust are already in attendance to manage the welfare of their tenants," Mr Blair added.

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Image caption A fire service spokesman said crews wore worked in "arduous conditions"
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Image caption Fire crews are still on site the National Trust property

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