FIREFIGHTERS from Cirencester joined their colleagues from across the county to battle a blaze in Stroud last night.

Two fire engines carrying nine officers from Cirencester added their support to the total of 60 firefighters using eight jets and 12 breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are now preparing to leave the scene of a huge fire at Nu Pro in Stroud.

The fire is believed to be out and officers are making a final sweep of the premises before assisting a specialist hazardous material cleansing team to clear a chemical spill caused by the fire.

The A419 at the junction with London Road, Stroud remains closed and is expected to reopen in the next hour under temporary traffic lights.

Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service Stewart Edgar said "Our operations are now starting to wind down and advice to residents is that they are now safe to go about their daily business.

“This is a large-scale operation and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my firefighters, control staff and support staff for their professionalism, skill and commitment in ensuring the communities of Thrupp and the wider Stroud area were protected yesterday evening and throughout today. They were simply magnificent.”

"I would also like to thank our partner agencies including police, ambulance and Environment Agency. Working together with our partners ensure we kept Gloucestershire safe."

Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said "This is a fantastic example of how a number of agencies can work together to keep the community safe from harm. I am particularly proud of the work demonstrated by our fire fighters during the incident."

Due to chemicals that were thought to be contained in the building neighbouring units were evacuated and local residents were encouraged to stay indoors and keep their windows closed.

Public Health England is advising anyone affected by the smoke or concerned about its impact on their health to call NHS 111.