Fire blazes through night at Rugby scrap yard

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Newbold Road was closed off for several hours this morning (Wednesday) after a major fire broke out at the scrap yard in the early hours.

Fire crews in three engines from Rugby and Southam were called to the site just before 3am after several 999 calls were made during the night.

It is thought that the blaze involved a “tractor trailer unit” and crews spent three hours battling the flames, before returning later on Wednesday morning to ensure the fire were still out.

Police closed the road by the Avon Mill after the “major incident” and it did not fully reopen until around 6am.

A spokesperson from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Warwickshire Fire Control received a number of 999 calls to a fire in a scrap yard at 2.57am on Wednesday 30th March 2016.

“One fire engine from Rugby attended, Upon arrival they requested a further 2 fire engines, these proceeded from Rugby and Southam.

“Firefighters used hose reels, with water supplied from hydrants, thermal image camera, lighting, small tools and hydraulic cutting equipment to extinguish the fire.”

A second serious incident in the same area also closed a stretch of road for several hours this morning.

Warwickshire Police have now confirmed that a man was found dead in Leicester Road this morning.