Busy road in Derby reopens 10 hours after fire broke out

A major fire broke out this morning, hitting two industrial estates on a busy road in Derby. Six firefighters were on the scene on London Road, with two aerial platforms also present when the fire first broke out around 4.30am on Sunday morning (June 12).

The road was closed for about 10 hours in total and was initially closed between the intersections with Ascot Drive and Raynesway as firefighters worked to put out the blaze and advised people to avoid the area. The fire hit the Navigation Tire Service and Hand Car Wash and the adjacent garage Opulent Motors.

In a Twitter update at 5.30am, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “@DerbyshireFRS is currently dealing with a major fire on London Road in the Wilmorton area. We have 6 devices and 2 MEWPs on site. The road is closed, avoid please check the area.”

The fire was mostly extinguished by 8am, but crews remained on the scene over lunch while fire investigation teams inspected the damage and police launched their own investigation into the cause of the incident.

Much of the road was initially closed between the Ascot Drive and Raynesway intersections. A small section of London Road from Ascot Drive to Alvaston Park remained closed until about 3pm this afternoon.

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