Huge fire at supermarket

PUBLISHED: 08:06 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

DOZENS of firefighters are battling to control a huge fire which has broken out at Worle supermarket Lidl.

DOZENS of firefighters are battling to control a huge fire which has broken out at Worle supermarket Lidl.

More than 60 firemen have been on site at Worle Parkway since the blaze was first reported shortly after 2.32am this morning.

Experts say the building is now on the brink of collapse, as firefighters are unable to safely get inside to tackle the inferno.

Police and fire teams have evacuated nearby Thorn Close after several small explosions were reported.

Nearby Sainsbury's opened in the early hours to provide shelter for those forced out of their homes.

It is thought that gas cylinders used for heating helped spread the fire - and because of the fear of further explosions, a large area has been cordoned off.

Summer Lane and Bransby Way are closed, as is the section of New Bristol Road which runs from Moor Lane to the Homebase roundabout.

Worle train station has been closed due to heavy smoke across the area.

Police estimate the restrictions will remain in close throughout the morning, and "quite possibly through and beyond the afternoon rush hour period".

The cause of the fire remains unknown, but experts say they are staying 'open-minded' and will be entering the building to begin their investigation as soon as it is safe.

Further updates will be available through this website later this morning.

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