FIRE crews from the north of the county scrambled to a large fire involving two linked buildings in Tackley, near Kidlington.

They were called just before 11am yesterday and firefighters from Kidlington Fire Station were first to arrive at the scene.

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Flames had spread between two buildings and set alight a car as well as the gas supply to the property amongst other items.

Firefighters worked in heavy smoke and significant heat to prevent the blaze spreading to the two main properties, tackling it both inside and outside.

Seven breathing apparatus teams were used during the incident to bring it under control.

The occupants were able to escape from the property when the fire was discovered and were unharmed and supported by neighbours.

Six fire appliances attended at the height of the fire from Kidlington, Rewley Road Oxford (2), Bicester, Eynsham and Deddington.

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A command unit from Woodstock also attended and a support unit from Eynsham.

Further relief crews in the evening came from Slade Park, Banbury and Bicester.

Firefighters had to work with Southern Gas Networks and Scottish and Southern Energy to make the area safe and were on scene until late last night.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but not thought to be suspicious.

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