Firefighters tackle major scrapyard blaze

DOZENS of firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a scrapyard.

The fire is on the B656 London Road at Langley, near the junction with Langley Lane. A plume of smoke can be seen for miles around.

A spokeswoman for Herts Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to the scene just after 5am this morning (Wednesday).

Ten appliances are currently on the scene.

Vehicles and other scrap, including tyres, are on fire.

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One Village Street resident told a Welwyn Hatfield Times reporter at the scene: “I woke up at 5.45am and looked out of the window and there was a big cloud of smoke.”

Another nearby resident said: “You can still smell burning and smoke in the air.”

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The B656 – a busy commuter route for motorists trying to avoid the A1(M) – is closed to traffic in both directions.

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said smoke was causing “visibility problems” for motorists, and that the road would remain closed all day.

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