Firefighters battle HUGE blazing fire in Kidderminster.

LOCAL residents have been warned to shut their windows and avoid the area as a huge fire rages on an industrial estate.

About 80 firefighters are battling the blaze at the Hoo Farm Industrial Estate in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

A thick black column of smoke can be seen for miles as flames rip through the site.

Firefighters with 20 engines raced to a carpet and flooring distribution firm after reports of a fire around 10.20am.

People living nearby reported hearing a loud explosion, with smoke being carried by winds into neighbouring towns.

One local resident told the BBC: "A huge plume of black smoke, flames right in the black cloud.

"I've never seen flames like it or a fire like this."

Local firefighters fighting to extinguish the inferno are concerned about a nearby diesel tanker.

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