Explosions tear through factory in Peterborough sending huge cloud of smoke across the city 

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An explosion ripped through dozens of trailers behind Whirlpool's UK headquarters in Peterborough releasing a huge plume of smoke into the city sky.

A series of explosion sounds were heard earlier today and around 40 HGV trailers are in flames.

Statement - Cambridgeshire - Fire - Rescue - Services

A statement from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services said that there are not believed to be any casualties.

They added that there are a number of firefighters at the scene from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

Loud - Explosion - Police - Everyone - Area

'There was a huge loud explosion. Police told everyone to move back and they've started evacuating the area,' Jason Crossley, 31, told the Sun Newspaper.

45-year-old local resident, Amy Price, also heard 'multiple explosions and several car alarms going off.'

Smoke - Smell

'As soon as I got outside I could see the thick acrid smoke with ash falling nearby ... the smell was just disgusting,' she said.

'There were continuous streams of ambulances, fire appliances, investigation units and incident support units in attendance.'

Parents - Children - Gymnastics - Police - Area

She added that parents were trying to collect their children from a nearby gymnastics club as police cordoned off and evacuated the immediate area.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service group commander Karl Bowden said: 'We've got approximately 40 lorry trailers on fire. These lorry trailers are full of parts for washing machines and fridges.

Risk - Outside - Area - Top - Fire

'There is no risk to the public outside of this immediate area. We are on top of it, we are controlling the fire, and we hope to have it under control and extinguished within the next few hours.'

The fire service posted images showing around eight trailers completely gutted by fire...
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