Wiltshire scrapyard fire: Crews make 'tremendous progress'

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

Fire crews tackling a scrapyard blaze in Wiltshire have made "tremendous progress", according to the county's fire and rescue service.

Group manager Andrew Hargreaves said the work was a "slow, laborious process" but was optimistic it would be completed on Sunday.

He said the operation was being scaled down to one pump and one water carrier.

The blaze destroyed more than 100 scrap cars and some 1,000 tyres.

Heat exhaustion

A statement from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said residents in the area should not be concerned by the low lying smoke which, apart from the smell, will have "no significant effects."

The service is liaising with the Environment Agency and Environmental Health officers to minimise the problem as much as possible.

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

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

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

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