Companies have seen their premises destroyed in a huge fire which passed through an industrial area of Tiverton.
Devon and Somerset fire and rescue teams responded to reports of a fire at Tiverton Business Park shortly before 7 p.m. last night (January 2).
Nearly 20 stations, including teams from as far away as Appledore, witnessed the scene with dozens of firefighters still there this morning (January 3).
The fire department says businesses used for carpets and flooring, piano and building materials are all affected.
The fire is said to have started in an R&M Wholesale building.
R&M was established in 1988 and has units 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 19 with warehouses on the ground floor, offices and cutting areas on the first.
The company sells products used in the installation of carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl, rubber and other flooring and, along with its base in Tiverton, has a plus small office in Bristol.
In addition to first responders, representatives from Wales & West Utilities were on hand to investigate and address any potential gas leaks.
After examining the area, the company confirmed that there were no leaks.
A spokesperson said: “We were called last night (January 02) to report an explosion at a business park in the Lowman Way area of Tiverton and immediately dispatched a team of engineers to the scene.
“When we arrived we found that a number of buildings had been damaged and emergency services were checking the area.
“We worked with emergency services to secure the area and performed all necessary gas safety checks and found no evidence of a gas leak.
“The cause of the explosion is still being investigated by emergency services, but it is not believed to be related to the gas distribution network.”
At noon, the incident is still in progress and the emergency services remain on site.