Dorset

Homes evacuated amid Weymouth car workshop fire

Weymouth fire Image copyright DWFRS
Image caption The blaze is thought to have broken out in a car workshop

About 100 homes had to be evacuated when a fire broke out at a car workshop in Dorset.

Fire crews were called to Holly Road in Weymouth shortly before 05:00 BST as flames were seen from the workshop.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the homes were evacuated because there were acetylene cylinders in the workshop.

The blaze, tackled by 45 firefighters, was brought under control by 09:00. There were no reports of any injuries.

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Image caption Firefighters remained on the scene throughout Sunday

A major incident was declared and about 100 houses close to the blaze were evacuated.

'Safe haven'

Up to 50 people took shelter in the Rock pub.

Landlord Steve Parker said it had been a "substantial fire".

"Due to the nature of the fire they evacuated three or four roads. One of our managers lives on Holly Road and he came and opened the pub and we've used it as a safe haven for the community."

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Image caption It took several hours for firefighters to bring the fire under control

Incident commander Russ True said the operation had gone "very smoothly".

"These cylinders posed a serious risk to members of the public and our crews so it was necessary to create an exclusion zone of 200m around the property."

"I'd like to apologise for the inconvenience but it was necessary."

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