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Thursday, 29 November 2007, 07:59 GMT
Fire crews tackle scrapyard blaze

A scrapyard fire has forced the closure of a road and destroyed tonnes of tyres in Nottinghamshire.

Firefighters spent Wednesday night damping down at the scrapyard on Moor Road in Bestwood Village.

Around 50 tonnes of tyres caught fire and the smoke could be seen for about seven miles, residents said.

Six water jets and one of Nottinghamshire's new high-volume pumps were despatched to fight the blaze on the outskirts of Nottingham.

Hundreds of people in Bestwood, Papplewick, Linby, Rainworth and Farnsfield were advised to close their windows to protect them against the smoke.