Homes were immediately evacuated today after a massive fire broke out in a factory in Hull.
Shortly before 4 p.m., massive explosions could be heard in Hesel as a fire ripped through Thompson Plastics, with massive plumes of black smoke and bright orange flames blazing all around.
Eyewitnesses described hearing “huge explosions every 10 seconds”, along with other reports of power outages from nearby residents.
Smoke rose to the top of homes, while dramatic footage showed thick columns of smoke engulfing the fire.
Due to wind, the fire has spread throughout the city.
One person said that he could hear the explosions “like bombs” coming from the fire and even “coal”-like debris descending in his garden, another said that the coal “falling from the sky”. has been,” reports Hull Live.
Electricity has reportedly gone out in some parts, while residents said their tap water “smells like water” and has turned brown.
A resident, whose home is currently surrounded by emergency services, said he had come home from work around 3.30am to find flames in his back garden.
He said: “The power has gone out in a half-lane of Butfield Road, as it is behind the factory.
“There is a creek behind the houses in front of the trees, which is a natural breaker.”
As clouds of black smoke appear to be “rising” near the Humber Bridge, motorists are advised to avoid the A63.
The fire service has warned people to close all doors and windows as crews struggle to douse the flames.
It is also understood that many hospitality venues in Hessel Square, including pubs and shops, are closing.
One witness said: “I’m at Saxon Way in Hessel, people are being evacuated now. Police and fire engines are also at the scene.”
Another said: “I had just made a cup of tea while working from home when I heard a loud bang.
“I didn’t know what it was when I saw a thick cloud of smoke sweep across the city. It’s terrifying – stay safe everyone!”
A third added: “I saw it when it just started and then suddenly heard a big bang.”
A spokesman for Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “We can confirm that our team in Humberside is aware of the fire and is on site.”
At 4.42 pm the Fire Service issued the update.
It said: “We are currently attending an incident in the Hessel region.
“We advise local residents to close the windows and doors.
“Please avoid the beloved route of the A63 area and be aware that there is a large amount of smoke in the area and surrounding roads.”
It is not yet clear how the fire started, but Humberside Police have confirmed they are not aware of injuries at this stage, “accounting” for all employees and a nearby resident have been safely evacuated. .
The scale of the flames suggests that it may burn for some time.