Families have been urged to keep their windows and doors closed as firefighters spend more than four hours tackling a massive blaze in Stoke-on-Trent.
Six appliances and the aerial platform are currently at the scene on Williamson Street in Tunstall after a fire broke out in a derelict commercial building.
Williamson Street, along with nearby roads including Pinnox Street and part of the Scotia Road Asda car park, have been cordoned off as emergency services remain at the incident.
Firefighters haven’t revealed what they believe to be the cause of the inferno.
But families have been told to stay away after crowds gathered at the scene earlier this evening.
A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We are currently dealing with a large fire on Williamson Street, Tunstall.
“Crews from Sandyford, Hanley, Burslem, Newcastle, Loggerheads, Longton – as well as the aerial platform – are in attendance.
“We were called to a disused commercial building opposite Asda shortly after 4pm this afternoon.
“A series of main jets have been used by firefighters who continue to make the area safe. We are being supported by emergency service colleagues.
“We ask those living nearby to keep their windows and doors shut and stay away from the site.
“We would also like to thank Asda for their support in providing our crews with food and drink.”
Police officers also confirmed they were at the scene. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We are assisting colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with a fire in Tunstall.
“Please stay away and keep your doors and windows shut. Thank you.”
StokeonTrentLive readers reported seeing spoke billowing out across the city while crews tackled the blaze.
One said: “I saw this up from High Lane and could see the smoke too.
“Just glad it’s an empty building and hopefully no one is injured.”