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Wiltshire scrapyard fire: Crews set to work overnight

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Media captionThe fire brigade said that about 100 scrap cars and thousands of tyres were destroyed in the blaze

Fire crews tackling a scrapyard blaze in Wiltshire are expected to work into the weekend to try to put it out.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at Swindon Metal Solutions, also known as Rayners Breakers, at Thornhill, near Broad Town, at 15:03 BST on Thursday.

One from Swindon was taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion but he was allowed home on Friday morning.

Crews also worked with the Environment Agency to empty two waste oil containers which were leaking.

At its height about 40 firefighters tackled the blaze and smoke could be seen for 25 miles.

'Within the stack'

The fire service said the blaze had destroyed about 100 scrap cars and some 1,000 tyres.

"A couple of significant hotspots remain within the main yard and these are still being tackled," a fire brigade spokeswoman said on Friday afternoon.

"The main fire remains within the stack of approximately 1,000 tyres - heavy plant is now on site to break the stack down, allowing firefighters to have better access.

"Compressed air foam will also be used in a bid to extinguish the blaze.

"It is anticipated that the incident will continue through the night and into Saturday," she added.

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