Huge blaze engulfs historic mill with twenty fire engines at the scene

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Photos have emerged of a large blaze that took hold of a derelict mill in Mansfield in the early hours of Monday morning (28 March).

Twenty fire engines were called to the scene as the fire tore through Hermitage Mill, which reportedly saw parts of the building collapse.

Bryn Coleman, incident commander of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said crews were called in from across the county after receiving reports of a blaze at 3am.

The fire has now reportedly been contained but closed roads surrounding the mill has led to issues for local businesses, according to authorities.

He said: "We've had 20 fire appliances from across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in attendance, plus a high volume pump from South Yorkshire and two aerial ladder platforms.

"As you can see behind me now, the fire has been contained, it has been surrounded.

"There's still an impact to the wider community at this moment in time, particularly around the Hermitage Lane area.

"Fortunately the Robin Hood Railway Line, which runs adjacent to this building, has still remained open. We're working currently with our partners, with Nottinghamshire Police, to try and get the remaining businesses in the area open because we're aware of the impact on the businesses of the closures."

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It's understood that parts of the mill have collapsed due to damage caused by the fire.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service released a statement, saying: "With 20 fire engines on scene and two aerial ladder platforms, the fire on Hermitage Lane, Mansfield, is being brought under control.

"Four main hose reel jets used and fire tackled from the outside due to collapsing parts of the building."

Local residents have been advised by the police to keep their windows and doors shut as authorities attempt to get a handle on the "large scale incident".

Police said they had no intention to evacuate anyone at this time and have advised motorists to avoid the area.

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