Fire engines and police tore through Banbury to the iconic former Mondelez factory this morning after a fire broke out.

Teams from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service were called to the vast complex, now owned by Jacobs Douwe Egberts, in Ruscote Avenue at 6.31am this morning.

Initially it was not known where the fire was located, apart from that it was somewhere in the main coffee processing tower.

Crews from Banbury, Bicester, Deddington, Eynsham, Kidlington and Oxford attended supported by engines from Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.

Using systems of valves and pipes known as 'dry risers', crews managed to get to the higher floors and locate the fire in one of the coffee dryers.

Sprinklers were then activated to douse the flames.

Officers are still on scene making sure any smouldering material is extinguished.

Group manager Rob MacDougall said: "This is a very complex site with systems in place to assist us when a fire occurs.

"Our crews worked extremely hard in arduous conditions to limit any damage. Running out lengths of fire hose in full protective clothing is never easy but when this involves staircases and warm weather, it really tests the physical conditions of the crews. Everyone worked extremely hard."

Thames Valley Police spokeswoman Charlotte Redman said officers were called to the scene at 7am.

She added: "Everyone is out and accounted for and the fire service are dealing with it."