THIS is the moment a huge fire engulfed a scrapyard in a Somerset village.

Residents of Radstock are being asked to stay indoors due to smoke billowing from Hall Mark Motor Scrapyard, which is based behind the Co-op store.

People living and working in the Radstock area are being asked to close doors and windows as firefighters deal with a fire involving a number of vehicles.

Somerset County Gazette:

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More than 30 calls were received by the Service’s Control room from 11.15am.

Five fire engines and more than 30 firefighters from Radstock, Paulton, Bath, Kinsgwood and Hicks Gate are currently on the scene.

Firefighters used water jets and hose reels to tackle the fire involving more than 100 scrap vehicles.

By 4pm a crane was being used to remove vehicles one-by-one to allow crews to fully extinguish the fire.

One man in his 40s was taken to hospital as a precation after inhaling smoke.

Somerset County Gazette:

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The following advice had been provided by Public Health England.

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

(Video by Andy Button)