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Explosions heard as massive blaze wrecks business premises

Investigations are under way into the cause of a major fire that ripped through a warehouse at Northway Trading Estate in Tewkesbury.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at Redwolf Airsoft UK - a major supplier of airsoft equipment - just before 11pm last night amid reports of explosions, fire and smoke at the Northway Lane site.

No one was in the building at the time and no one was injured.

Redwolf is making arrangements to trade from temporary premises because the building and equipment inside was so badly damaged.

In a statement on its Facebook page today, Redwolf said: "As I'm sure many are aware, the UK warehouse suffered a fire in the late evening yesterday.

"As a result Redwolf UK operations are temporarily on hold. We are arranging a temporary office and phone number etc, but as you can imagine we have a lot to do today.

"Please bear with us until we have systems in place to deal with your enquiries.

"We will update here with further information and contact details as soon as practicable.

"Thank you to everyone who has voiced concern for us this morning and thank you all for your continuing support."

Nigel Streeter, editor of Airsoft Action magazine, described Redwolf as one of the most respected airsoft companies in the UK.

He added that next month's Airsoft Surgeon Championship in Gloucester, which the company organises, was still expected to go ahead.

Similar to paintball, airsoft involves participants eliminating their opponents by hitting each other with plastic pellets shot airsoft guns.

In a statement today about the fire, Gloucestershire County Council said: "At 10.47pm Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service received numerous calls to a fire in an industrial unit on Northway Trading Estate, Northway Lane Tewkesbury.

"Initially three fire engines were sent from Tewkesbury Fire Station and Cheltenham West Fire Station.

"On arrival crews found a block of industrial units measuring 30m x 50m with the end industrial unit well alight.

"Seven fire engines, one high reach aerial appliance, and one bulk water carrier attended.

"By 3am the incident had been reduced to one fire engine with crews damping down hotpots and the official 'stop message' at 3.41am.

"Approximately 30 per cent of the building has been damaged, but thankfully no one was in the property at the time. An investigation into the cause is under way."

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