Workers flee as blaze engulfs building

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Image caption The four-storey building on Twinwoods Business Park was completely alight

A blaze has ripped through a building on a business park, causing nearby workers to flee the area.

The fire at the Twinwoods Business Park in Milton Ernest engulfed the four-storey building, sending thick, black smoke across the Bedfordshire sky.

Matthew Smith, who was evacuated from his work close by, said: “We literally ran out the area as quickly as we could, because it looked very dangerous.”

Roads have been closed in the area.

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Image caption Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue said 80% of the building was engulfed
Image copyright Kate Sharp
Image caption Thick smoke could be seen for miles

Mr Smith said: “I could see huge amounts of smoke coming out the building.

“There was smoke – black, thick – and then we could hear a few explosions, as someone said there are gas canisters in the building.”

Bedfordshire Fire said: “All people have been accounted for” and confirmed the fire had reached the fourth floor and 80% of the building was “engulfed”.

The business park backs on to the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

Bedfordshire Police said Thurleigh Road and Bletsoe Road are closed.

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