VIDEO: Residents evacuated after large fire and ‘gas canister explosions’ in Northampton street

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Firefighters have been called out to deal with a large fire involving a caravan and a car in the Abington area of Northampton.

A number of crews have been sent out Saxon Street, Abington, to deal with a large fire in the garden of a house.

photo by Catherine Kairis

photo by Catherine Kairis

A large plume of black smoke could be seen in the sky and residents have reported hearing gas canisters exploding at the property, which neighbours said belonged to scrap merchants.

Some residents in the street have also being evacuated.

A 200-metre cordon has been set up around the area and a number of properties have been evacuated.

Road closures are in place, including Saxon Street, Norman Road, Wessex Way, Taylor Avenue, Cambria Crescent, Briton Road and Birchfield Road, and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

An investigation to establish the cause of the fire is underway.

Neighbour Catherine Kairis, who lives opposite the property, said: “I was putting my rubbish out when I saw the flames.

“I wasn’t concerned at first because they often have controlled fires in their garden but I could see it was spreading.

“At its height, the flames were as tall as the house. The whole garden was in flames, the fence just crumbled and then it caught hold of the car outside.

“It looked like part of the house was on fire too.

“It spread a bit up the street and some trees caught fire too as the firefighters arrived.”

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Firefighters are attending a big fire in the Abington area of Northampton

Firefighters are attending a big fire in the Abington area of Northampton

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