Fire crews battle Somerset cheese warehouse blaze

Firefighters have been tackling a large fire at a cheese warehouse in Somerset.

The blaze broke out at the warehouse, owned by Adams Foods, on the Wincanton Business Park at about 22:00 BST on Tuesday.

At its height, about 120 firefighters were at the scene. Nobody is believed to have been injured.

A fire service spokesman said it had been "one of the biggest fires in the county for some time". Seven people got out of the building safely.

BBC reporter Clinton Rogers said the warehouse had been storing several hundred tonnes of cheddar cheese.

The blaze was tackled by firefighters from Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset.

'Superb job'

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the building had collapsed and advised people living near the fire to stay indoors due to the smoke plume.

Adams Foods makes the Pilgrims Choice brand of cheddar cheese.

Company chief executive Ian Toal said: "The fire brigade acted swiftly and did a superb job of putting the fire out and we are just relieved that all fire evacuation procedures were carried out quickly and that no one was hurt.

"The warehouse affected was an isolated one and we would hope that the effect on production will be minimal. A full investigation is currently under way to assess the cause of the fire."

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