Pictures of major fire emerge as roads around north Derbyshire town remain 'extremely busy'

Police say roads around a north Derbyshire town remain ‘extremely busy’ after firefighters tackled a large blaze in the area this evening.

Friday, 13th August 2021, 6:56 pm

Officers from the North East Derbyshire Response Team urged drivers to avoid Eckington if they can.

They tweeted: “Eckington is extremely busy at this time with numerous road closures. Please avoid the area if possible.”

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Residents said it was a garage fire behind shops.

Stagecoach Yorkshire say they have been forced to make changes to services around Eckington.

The bus company tweeted: “50/50a update from Nether Handley diverting down Staveley lane up to Mastin Moor down to Renishaw and into Eckington bus station.

"We will be unable to serve Middle Handley and top end of Eckington until further notice.”

This picture of fire crews tacking the blaze in Eckington was kindly sent to us by reader Sarah Hurt.

Killamarsh and Eckington SNT posted: “We have closed a few roads in Eckington regarding a ongoing situation that we have under control.”