Large explosions as terrifying fire rips through 30 lorries in Antrim

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A massive fire has erupted in Antrim, Northern Ireland, with flames ripping through 30 lorries at an industrial estate.

Local residents have been told to keep their windows firmly shut, with some having reported 'large explosions' coming from the scene.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Police were called to Rathenraw Industrial Estate on Stiles Way at roughly 8.30pm yesterday, reports the Mirror.

Roy Purvis, Group Commander at the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service [NIFRS], said 38 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze, along with six appliances.

He said it started in a single lorry on Tuesday night before spreading to about 30 other trailers.

Foam and water jets are being used by firefighters to tackle the blaze and bring it under control.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Police have asked residents near the estate to "stay indoors and keep their windows closed due to large amounts of smoke in the area".

Belfast Live reports that at least one trailer on fire contains plastic which is causing some concern for firefighters at the scene.

The blaze can be seen from some distance with a number of images and videos circulating on social media.

Terrifying images show fire and black smoke billowing skyward, leaving behind the metal carcasses of destroyed lorry trailers.

An NIFRS spokesman said it was too early to establish if the blaze was deliberate or accidental.

The B518 Stiles Way has now been closed in both directions as a result of the blaze at the nearby industrial estate.

Police are calling on all people and road users to avoid the area while emergency services try their best to deal with the fire.

Residents living nearby have also been advised by police at the scene to stay indoors and keep their windows closed due to large amounts of smoke in the area.

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