Fire breaks out at Hull plastics factory

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A plastic factory in Hull is believed to have caught fire, sending clouds of thick smoke into the air over the city.

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Local media reported that eyewitnesses reported a “strong explosion”.

He said he heard “huge explosions every 10 seconds”, with other reports of nearby residents suffering power cuts. Hull Live,


Police in Hesley near Humber Bridge and Humberside Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene.

The fire is believed to have started in Thompson Plastic and the flames and smoke could be seen for miles away.

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Firefighters asked residents to close windows and doors.

Drivers were urged to avoid the A63 and the area, but traffic was normally heavy during the rush hour, and a lorry overturned, closing the road.

Grace Grant, 25, told the PA news agency: “It was huge—the smoke could be seen from miles away. As I moved forward, there were explosions every 10 seconds.”

Another person told Hull Live: “I’ve never seen so much smoke – it can be seen from all over Hull.”

A neighbor said the explosion sounded “like bombs” from the fire and that debris fell like coal in his garden.

Passengers aboard passing trains also burst into flames as they ran the length of the factory building.

Thompson Plastics describes itself as “a leading producer of thermoformed plastic components for customers in a wide range of markets”.


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