A huge inferno erupted at an oil and gas factory, sending flames more than 100ft into the air over Gatwick Airport. Around 60 firefighters and 12 engines were scrambled to deal with the blaze. It lit up eight tanks of red diesel and oil, sending massive plumes of smoke into the air just a few miles from Gatwick Airport.

Firefighters were still at the scene this morning as emergency services desperately worked to put the flames under control. It comes at a time of heightened sensitivity after the horrific Grenfell Tower fire earlier this month and three major fires over the weekend – in Camden, Croydon and Bethnal Green.

The Gatwick blaze broke out just after 1.15am on Monday at the Rowfant Business Park in Crawley Downs, West Sussex. A fire service spokeswoman said the blaze is still being tackled and added: “We are likely to be on the scene for the rest of today, if not longer.”

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