Thick black smoke billows across the town in Nottinghamshire with people living near the site evacuated from their homes.

Firefighters tackle blaze on Forest Road in Mansfield

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Fifty firefighters are battling a massive blaze at an industrial unit in Nottinghamshire. Thick black smoke is pouring into the air and people living near the site have been evacauted from their homes.

The fire started at around 3.45pm at a premises in Forest Road, Mansfield, which is believed to be a rag recycling centre.

Videos filmed by people living in the area show not only the smoke rising into the air but also how quite a lot of the site has been ravaged by flames, and it is also possible to hear the crackling of the burning materials.

It has led to widespread road closures in the area – namely those along Nottingham Road, Forest Road and Sandhurst Avenue.

Nearby properties along Forest Road and Sandhurst Avenue have been evacuated.

Firefighters battling a fire at an industrial unit

Homes have had to be evacuated due to the fire at the industrial unit (Image: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service)

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service says that crews from Mansfield, Ashfield, Blidworth, Edwinstowe, Hucknall, Arnold, Warsop, Shirebrook, Maltby, Kibworth, Stapleford, Chesterfield, Worksop and Highfields are in attendance.

People are being advised to avoid the area.

Ambulance crews were called but no-one needed to be taken to hospital.

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