Sussex

Lewes waste centre fire

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Image caption Up to 70 calls had been made to the fire service regarding the fire in Lewes

A huge blaze has erupted at a waste management centre in Lewes, East Sussex.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said 200 tonnes of scrap metal caught fire at Light Bros depot shortly before 19:30 GMT on Thursday.

Plumes of black smoke can be seen for miles around the scene of the blaze.

The A27 was closed in both directions between Beddingham roundabout and Southerham roundabout.

People living nearby were warned to close their windows because of smoke. Travellers at a nearby site have been evacuated.

Image copyright Chris Curtis‏ @imyourboss
Image caption The A27 closed both ways between Beddingham and Southerham roundabouts
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Image caption Smoke was visible as far away as Worthing, Lancing, Frant and Haywards Heath
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Image caption Up to 10 fire engines and about 50 firefighters dealt with the incident

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