PLUMES of smoke can be seen billowing across Reading following reports that a major fire has broken out near Portman Road, Tilehurst.

A spokesman from ROyal Berkshire FIre and Rescue Service said: "At 7.34am on Tuesday, MArch 10, we received reports of a fire at an industrial unit in Stadium Way, Tilehurst, Reading.

"Our firefighters are currently at the scene, working alongside our partners to tackle the fire.

"Please avoid the area if possible. Further updates will be provided when available."

Pictures show black smoke above homes past Cow Lane as a huge fire builds up. Scours Lane is also reportedly cordoned off.

Reading Chronicle:

The fire appears to have broken out at the industrial estate that runs along Oxford Road and Portman Road. It is not clear which unit is involved.

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The area which the fire and smoke appear to be coming from.

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More infromation to come.