Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire farm fire explosion fears prompt evacuation

A fire at a farm has prompted neighbouring homes to be evacuated amid fears gas cylinders at the site could explode.

The farm in the Gloucestershire village of Ampney St Mary caught light at 11:30 BST and the acetylene gas cylinders were found in an outbuilding.

Some residents were evacuated and a 200m (650ft) exclusion zone set up around the area.

The two main roads through the village have also been closed by police.

A Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Jets are being used to control the temperature of the cylinders, which could have exploded if they had caught fire.

"Firefighters are anticipating being on site for another couple of hours to ensure the cylinders are fully cooled and the area is safe," he said.

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