Cornwall

Workshop fire closes Newquay-Par branch line

Luxulyan fire. Pic: Paul Williams, St Austell Voice
Image caption Fire crews are concerned about gas cylinders in the building

A railway line has been closed and an exclusion zone put in place because of a fire in a workshop in Cornwall.

The fire broke out in the 20m by 20m (66ft by 66ft) building in the Bridges area of Luxulyan, between St Austell and Lostwithiel, at about 1700 BST.

The 200m (660ft) zone is in place because of concerns about gas cylinders.

The Newquay to Par branch line is also within the zone, so all trains have been cancelled the fire service said.

There are houses within the exclusion zone, but they have not been evacuated because of the lie of the land.

However, people were evacuated from a nearby caravan, the fire service said.

Four pumping appliances and a command vehicle were dispatched to the site.

The fire service said it was to have a presence on site until about 1700 BST on Thursday because the cylinders, including one believed to contain acetylene, had to be cooled for 24 hours before they could be safely moved.

Water to fight the fire is also being taken from a nearby river.

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