VIDEO: Firefighters tackle “significant” blaze at industrial unit in St James, Northampton

Members of the public were being advised to stay indoors keeping windows and doors closed this morning as firefighters dealt with a “significant” blaze in St James, Northampton.

Fire crews were called to Harvey Reeves Road at 11.52pm on Thursday night where a large pile of scrap crushed and packaged vehicles was on fire.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Two appliances attended the incident from The Mounts and Mereway, together with the Cobra Intervention Vehicle from Daventry and an aerial appliance from Corby.

“The police and fire service are still in attendance, and the fire is now contained but is significant.

“The advice to the public is to keep windows and doors closed, and not to travel to the immediate area as the Police have implemented traffic management restrictions due to the quantity of smoke being produced by the fire.

“The Fire Service and the Police will support and assist all local businesses with business continuity, however this incident may impact on businesses in the immediate area.”

Picture: Ry Howe @RytheWriter

Picture: Ry Howe @RytheWriter

St James Primary School in Harlestone Road has also closed today after seeking advice following the fire,

Naomi Reed, inclusion manager at the school, said: “We’ve advised our parents to stay at home. Anyone living in the area should keep their doors and windows shut.

“We sent out a text message to all the parents we have mobile numbers for and we sent staff out to both ends of the school. Parents have been very supportive.”

Harvey Reeves Road was closed to traffic but it has since reopened.

A Public Health England spokesman said: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.

“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

“Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash or to limit the time that they spend in them.

Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain.

“If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.

“Chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing health conditions, like asthma. People who normally use an inhaler should carry it with them.”

A spokesman from Northampton General Hospital said they don’t know of any cases yet relating to breathing difficulties as a result of the fire