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26.04.2010 03:16    Comments: 0    Categories: On the Roads      Tags: haulage news  

A major fire at a service station on the M40 in Oxfordshire has gutted the main buildings and destroyed the roof.

About 120 firefighters were called to Cherwell Valley Services, north of Bicester about 1300 BST.

There were no reports of casualties on the site, South Central Ambulance Service said.

Visitors were evacuated from the area, and motorists were warned to drive carefully as smoke billowed across the motorway.

Sgt Peter Gill from Thames Valley Police said: "The roof has collapsed inwards.

"The whole building is completely gutted and has suffered very serious damage.

'Smoke everywhere'

"The fire service are expected to remain overnight, damping the blaze down."

A fire service spokesman said the blaze was thought to have started in a plant room.

He added that there were no suspicious circumstances.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said it was not thought anyone was inside the building at the centre of the blaze.

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