An industrial unit used to store animal welfare equipment went up in massive flames Friday morning in southeast England, local media report.
The Kent Fire and Rescue Services reports on its webpage that at about 4:30 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to an industrial building near Rochester in Kent. Responders arrived to find a large amount of smoke coming from the fire.
Officials issued a request that people living or working in the communities of Grain or Hoo peninsula close their windows and doors as a precaution.
Ten fire engines and an aerial device were utilized to tackle the blaze. Explosion heard from inside the building were liquefied petroleum gas cylinders that burst and ignited.
By 11:25 a.m., at least 200 nearby residents had been evacuated as a precaution, the website states.