At least 20 firefighters scrambled to huge blaze as smoke seen for miles around

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Huge plumes of smoke have been seen rising into the air in Nottingham after a massive fire broke out.

Eyewitnesses have reported plumes of smoke being seen in an area close to the University of Nottingham campus in Lenton, although an exact location is not yet known, NottinghamshireLive reports.

According to local reports, at least 20 firefighters are at the scene tackling the blaze.

In a tweet, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service wrote: "We are currently in attendance at a large industrial fire on Harrimans Lane in the Dunkirk area.

"We currently have crews from London Road, Highfields, West Bridgford, Stockhill, Long Eaton and Loughborough Fire Station tackling the blaze."

People living in the area have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

A spokesperson added: "We are aware that smoke can been seen from a distance. If you can smell the smoke please keep your windows and doors shut."

Police are also at the scene and have put a cordon in place.

Nearby residents reported hearing explosions before the fire broke out.

Michael Riley, 36, of Nazareth Road, Dunkirk, a HGV driver, said: “I know that they are taking water from two canals.

"I live a few miles away and I could see it from my house. I heard a couple of explosions, other than that I don’t really know. It was about half an hour ago.

"I spoke to someone down there, a business owner, and he said that something like this happens every six months or so."

People have taken to social media to share their shock at the sheer scale of the fire.

One person wrote: "Apocalypse in Nottingham! Okay, a scrapyard is on fire. Glad the smoke is blowing away from Powerleague!"

"Massive fire by University of Nottingham wtff," another person wrote.

A third added: "Have just returned home to this sight at the end of the road. Scrap yard on fire yet again."

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