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Homes evacuated as Oxford tyre fire spreads

  • 9-7-2015

Residents were forced to leave their homes overnight after a large fire in the yard of a tyre fitting company spread to office buildings in Oxford.

About 45 firefighters tacked the blaze, which involved a number of vehicles and several tonnes of tyres in Marsh Road just after 03:30 BST.

Homes in Cowley Road and Marsh Road were evacuated after the fire spread to a nearby three-storey office block.

Crews were expected to remain at the site throughout the day to dampen down.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said residents from 40 homes were evacuated to a nearby pub and had since been able to return to their homes.

The fire service said a joint investigation with Thames Valley Police into the cause was under way.

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