Huge smoke plume as firefighters tackle industrial estate blaze

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to the blaze at Bankside Industrial Estate at 1.49pm on Saturday.

Huge smoke plume as firefighters tackle industrial estate blaze Submitted
Three fire engines are at the scene with a further appliance en route.

A fire has caused a massive plume of black smoke above an industrial estate in Falkirk that can be seen from miles away.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to the blaze at a scrapyard in the Bankside Industrial Estate at 1.49pm on Saturday.

An eye-witness said they could hear explosions from the site north of the town.

Six fire engines were dispatched to the scene and Police Scotland is in attendance with roads nearby closed.

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Castle Drive is shut off, with diversions in place.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Operations control received a call at 1.49pm to reports of a fire in a scrapyard in the Bankside area of Falkirk.

“We currently have six appliances on scene with a water carrier, high reach appliance and command support unit still enroute. Crews are currently at work with two main jets and one hose reel jet fighting the fire. Police Scotland are also in attendance.”