THE SCENE of a raging fire that ripped through a Witney business on Wednesday remains closed.

West End is still shut following the blaze at T & B Motors, which created a thick plume of black smoke visible from miles away.

The road is inaccessible between Crawley Road and A4095 Bridge Street, and there has been no indication when it might reopen.

It is causing slow traffic along the B4022 Newland, on the approach to the roundabouts. 

Oxford Mail:

Above: The road closure (dotted line) and traffic (red line) in Witney at 7.30am. Pic from Google Maps/ AA Traffic Map 

Yesterday West Oxfordshire District Council revealed the building could have contained some asbestos cement roof tiles, and issued safety advice to residents.

Firefighters spent hours getting the flames under control, and investigation into what caused the fire continues. 

The owner of T & B Motors, a van breaker's yard dealing van parts, has credited emergency services for their response.