A PLUME of acrid black smoke billowed over South Derbyshire as firefighters spent more than three hours tackling a tyre fire.
Crews from Swadlincote, Ashby and Moira fire stations were called to the incident at an industrial estate off Occupation Lane, Woodville, at 12.35pm yesterday.
Firefighters discovered a pile of tyres around 10m across, using two main water jets and one hose reel jet to douse the flames.
The electricity supply to the surrounding area was cut off for around an hour as the flames licked closer to overhead power cables.
Justin Wright, who runs a recording studio around 100ft from the site, captured some dramatic pictures of the scene.
He told the Mail: “I went outside for a cigarette and noticed a huge plume of black smoke emanating from the site and going right over towards the sTollgate island.
“I went closer to have a look and there was a huge pile of tyres on fire, very close to two dilapidated coaches, one of which was filled with smoke.
“The fire service got there quite quickly and they were carrying away a lot of pressurised butane gas containers which were near the fire.
“There was also the back end of a lorry trailer which was very near the fire and someone came and quickly towed it away.
“The flames were directly below the electrical cabling and it looked like they were being burned, then the electricity went off for about an hour.”
Police were also called to the scene at 1.10pm and helped to cordon off an area of nearby Arliston Drive, amid fears for the safety of passers-by after the fire spread dangerously close to an electricity pylon.
The blaze was under control by 1.45pm, but two hours later the crew from Swadlincote remained at the scene damping down the area.
A Derbyshire Police spokesman said there was no suggestion the fire had been started deliberately.