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Fire at site of BMW showroom in St Albans Road - live updates

By Nathan Louis

Last updated:

    Firefighters tackled a large fire which has broken out in Watford this afternoon.
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  • A section of St Albans Road near Asda was cordoned off due to a fire on the site of a former car showroom.
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  • Police posted on Facebook at around 3pm: "We're helping firefighters while they deal with a fire at a building in St Albans Road, #Watford near to the Dome Roundabout. There are road closures in place so please avoid the area while the fire is dealt with. Thank you."
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  • The fire was brought under control by 4pm and St Albans Road reopened around the same time.
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  • A video taken by a passer-by showed huge plumes of black smoke, with several fire engines at the scene.
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  • One firefighter could be seen tackling the flames from an aerial ladder over the site.
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  • It's believed the site affected is the BMW car showroom, which is to be demolished and turned into 72 flats after planning permission was granted in May.
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  • Follow our live blog for further updates.